Cochlear Implant in Thailand

Hospitals and medical centers in Thailand performing Cochlear Implant.
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Mission Hospital Contact Mission Hospital
Private Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Thai HA AccreditationThai HA Accreditation
This general hospital in Bangkok offers a full range of services including Cosmetic Surgery. It has been accredited by the Hospital Accreditation Thailand and has been serving patients for more than 70 years.
Prices
Cochlear Implantupon request
6 listed ENT specialists:view all >
Dr. Navarat Thongthai
Dr. Navarat Thongthai
Otolaryngology
Dr. Amnuay Cutchavaree
Dr. Amnuay Cutchavaree
Otolaryngology
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Contact Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
Private Hospital, Pattaya, Thailand
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation   Thai HA AccreditationThai HA Accreditation
This multi-specialty tertiary hospital offers various medical services as well as dental procedures to local and overseas patients. It serves over 100,000 international patients every year.
Prices
Cochlear Implantupon request
13 listed ENT specialists:view all >
Prof. Suchitra Prasansuk
Prof. Suchitra Prasansuk
ENT Professor
Assist. Prof. Apinan Na Nakorn
Assist. Prof. Apinan Na Nakorn
Hearing, Speech, Balance Tinnitus
Chaophya Hospital Contact Chaophya Hospital
Private Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
The Chaophya Hospital is a JCI accredited, tertiary private hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, which has been in operation since 1991. It has an international department which offers a comprehensive range of supporting services to foreign patients.
Prices
Cochlear Implantupon request
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About Cochlear Implant

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.
What is a Cochlear Implant?
A cochlear implant is an intricate, medical electronic device that is surgically implanted behind the ear to treat hearing loss. A cochlear implant improves hearing by representing sounds better. Patients may not get back normal hearing but they will be able to hear sounds more clearly and will have an improved understanding of speech in environments filled with noise.

How does the Cochlear Implant work?
A cochlear implant consists of internal parts that are implanted beneath the skin and external parts that are worn by the patient. The external part has a speech processor that helps in creating the sensation of sound. The external microphone and processor gathers the sounds in the environment and converts them into electrical impulses.

The cochlear implant sends impulses to the auditory nerve that transmits the signals to the brain. It can bypass the nonfunctional portions of the ear and provide a direct stimulation to the auditory nerve. These signals are then transmitted by the auditory nerve to the brain that perceives the signals as sound.

A cochlear implant does not increase the volume of sound like a hearing aid but it boosts the nervous reaction to sound.

How is the Cochlear Implant surgery performed?
  • The area behind the ear is shaved and sterilized.
  • A two to three inch incision is made. This leads to the opening in the mastoid bone and into the middle ear.
  • The receiver-stimulator part of the cochlear implant is place on a depression that is made on the bone.
  • The device is kept in place with an enduring suture.
  • Through the opening in the mastoid bone, another opening is created in the cochlea to implant the electrodes.
  • The electrode is carefully and very slowly placed through this opening. The structure of electrode is designed to arrange the electrodes very close to the ganglion cells to allow the electrical signals.
  • When the device is fitted in place, it is tested and the incision is closed with absorbable sutures.

How to prepare for the Cochlear Implant procedure?
The patient may need to go through certain medical tests such as:
  • Thorough examination of the ear
  • Audiogram
  • Hearing aid evaluation
  • Physical examination
  • General anesthesia preparation
  • Psychological test to determine if the patient can deal with the implant


Duration of procedure/surgery:
Approximately 2 hours.
It may take longer for younger children due to the small size of their middle ear structures.

Days admitted:
For adult and adolescent patients, the cochlear implant surgery is conducted as an outpatient procedure.
Children, however, may require a one-night-stay at the hospital.

Anesthesia:
General anesthesia

Recovery:
- A bandage around the head needs to be worn during sleep for some time after the surgery.
- The external parts are fitted about one month after surgery when the surgery site has healed. The device is then turned on and mapped, which involves adjusting the speech processor and fixing the stimulation level for each electrode.
- The patient needs to be trained in interpreting sounds that are heard through the cochlear implant for many day or even years.
- Some patients may experience sound sensations that are mechanical or synthetic for a few weeks.

Risks:
- Damage to the nerves that causes facial paralysis and taste disturbance
- Dizziness and balance related problems
- Leakage of cerebrospinal fluid
- Tinnitus
- Loss of residual hearing
- Failure of the device to work
- Infection
- Meningitis

After care:
- Patients who require an MRI may need to remove the magnet in the cochlear implant.
- Care should be taken not to get the external cochlear implants wet. They should be removed before showering, bathing or swimming.
- If the device fails, surgery is required to solve the problem.