Cochlear Implant

In this article, we have covered the following aspects of Cochlear Implant:

  • Best Hospitals in India for Cochlear Implant
  • Top Specialists in India for Cochlear Implant
  • Cost of Cochlear Implant
  • Understanding Cochlear Implant

Best Doctors and Hospitals in India for Cochlear Implant

Doctor ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedCity
Dr. M N ShankarDr. M N ShankarENTFortis Malar Hospital Chennai
Dr Aru Chhabra HandaDr. Aru Chhabra HandaENT SurgeonMedanta - The Medicity Gurgaon
Dr Anish GuptaDr. Anish Gupta ENT SurgeonArtemis HospitalGurgaon
Dr. Shashidhar TBDr. Shashidhar TB ENT SurgeonArtemis HospitalGurgaon
Dr. Krishna Kumar KDr Krishna Kumar K ENT SurgeonGlobal HospitalsChennai
Dr. Vishnu Swaroop ReddyDr. Vishnu Swaroop ReddyENT SpecialistCARE HospitalsHyderabad
Dr. Vikram M BhardwajDr. Vikram M BhardwajENT SurgeonJaypee HospitalNoida
Dr. VCB KumarDr. V.C.B KumarENT SurgeonThe Bangalore HospitalBangalore
Dr. Sanjiv BhatiaDr. Sanjiv Bhatia ENT SurgeonJaypee HospitalNoida

Cost of Cochlear Implant Procedure

In India, the cochlear implant operation expenses of Unilateral with Digisynic Cochlear Implant is approximately US $16000-25000 while bilateral costs around US $30,000-40,000. To get the best cost estimate for the procedure in India, please share your medical reports in the contact form below this page.

Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant also known as bionic ear implant is an artificial hearing device implanted surgically in the severely deaf patients. It is a neural prosthesis that electrically incites nerves inside the inner ear producing hearing sensations.

Cochlear implants perform the function of a damaged inner ear. The implant can be placed in one or both the ears based on medical condition. When placed in both ears, it significantly improves the listening ability. You can better identify sound directions and differentiate various sounds at a time.

Who can get cochlear implant?

  • Have moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears
  • Experience least or no benefit from hearing aids

Before a cochlear implant surgery, you would undergo various tests like audiogram, examination for abnormality in external, middle, and inner ear, MRI, CT scan etc. These tests will assess if you are a right candidate for bionic ear surgery.

How is cochlear implant surgery done?

The cochlear implant procedure consists of two parts – Internal implant device (placed under the skin behind the ear through an implant surgery) and external sound processor (placed behind the ear and worn externally).

Performed under general anesthesia, it takes about three hours to complete. The patient gets the incision behind the ear from where the internal part of implant device is inserted into the ear. It is an outpatient procedure or maximum you may have a one-day of hospital stay.

Recovery time after cochlear implant

The dressing is removed next day. You do not hear immediately after the surgery. It takes about a month to be able to hear, when the doctor gives you the external component of the bionic ear. The audiologist fits and sets the required levels of implant for comfortable hearing. It takes few weeks to adjust to the new implant. You have to make three-four follow-up visits for monitoring and adjusting levels.

Note (for foreign patients):

Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.

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