Dream of every hearing-impaired person is to reconnect with the outer environment. There are many hundreds of persons who do not even know that this earth is surrounded by beautiful sounds. Hearing-impaired persons physically, mentally and emotionally face lot of challenges to survive and carry out their daily activities. Many of them do not know that there are solutions to recover back impaired hearing, while another set of people simply do not afford treatment.
What are the cochlear and hearing implants in India?
- Cochlear implant
- Bone Anchored Hearing Device implant
- Vibrant Sound bridge middle ear implant
- Auditory Brainstem implant
Who needs a cochlear implant surgery?
ENT specialists in India classify hearing loss in individuals into four ranges:
20 – 40 dB Mild loss
41 – 70 dB Moderate loss
71 – 95 dB Severe loss
> 95 dB Profound loss
The specialist diagnoses the severity, the cause, age and other conditions to determine what treatment would best suit to improve the hearing ability and to assure long-term results. The cause could be temporary or permanent. Before starting the hearing loss treatment in India, your hearing trouble is thoroughly studied on individual basis. Minor and temporary causes can be treated with medications and few follow-ups. Only those adults and children who have congenital hearing loss and who have sensorinueral hearing loss caused by damages to cochlea or problems in inner ear affecting auditory nerve need implantation surgeries.
Cochlear implant surgery is particularly suitable for
- Adults who have a functioning auditory nerve, lost the ability to hear in between due to an injury or illness, have tried a hearing aid but had no help and healthy to undergo a surgery.
- Children who are congenitally hearing impaired or lost the ability to hear in between due to an injury or illness.
How much would it cost for a cochlear implant surgery in India
Cost of a cochlear implant surgery is dependent on several factors: the country, city, hospital, type of room facilities you opt, the surgeon and importantlyif one or both ears need the surgery and the cost of cochlear implant (type of material and its durability). Most advanced and sophisticated technology and tools, which are comparable with those of medically developed countries,are used in cochlear implant surgery in India, but at much affordable cost. It is much less and just a fraction of the prices offered in those countries for a cochlear implant surgery.India has a large network of hospitals and clinics that offer ENT treatments and cochlear implant surgeries. In Delhi, the cost of a cochlear implant surgery is comparatively lower than other cities. The cost of cochlear implant surgery in India starts from USD 13,000 and varies depending onthe indicated factors.
It is understandable that still many of us do not afford this price. Connect with one of our coordinators who would take the responsibility of personalized care and assist you with a tailor-made treatment plan within your budgets and affordability.
Dr.(Prof.) Ameet Kishore is a graduate of the AFMC (Pune) and was awarded the medal for ENT. He obtained his higher surgical training in ENT Surgery in the UK and attained Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as well as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
He has received special training and experience in Microscopic Ear surgery, Neuro-Otology, Cochlear Implants, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and in Paediatric ENT at various centres in UK, Europe and USA.
He was trained at the National Centre for Cochlear Implantation (UK) since 1995 and thus has extensive experience in management of deafness and in cochlear implantation. He set up and is the lead surgeon for the cochlear and hearing implant programme (for children and adults) at Apollo Hospitals. He has over 700 cochlear implant recipients in this programme.
His team is particularly experienced in management of complex cochlear situations and is the only active programme in North India for Auditory Brainstem Implantation.