Cochlear Implant in Turkey

Hospitals and medical centers in Turkey performing Cochlear Implant.
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Contact Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
A modern, JCI accredited, full service hospital, established in 2009. Acibadem Maslak is part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group, so international patients are taken care of through the group's International Patient Center.
Cochlear Implantupon request
3 listed ENT specialists:view all >
Prof. Nazım Korkut, MD
Prof. Nazım Korkut, MD
Professor of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
Prof. Hasan Tanyeri
Prof. Hasan Tanyeri
Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
Medipol Mega Hospital Contact Medipol Mega Hospital
Private Facility and University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.
Cochlear Implantupon request
14 listed ENT specialists:view all >
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Bülent Şerbetçioğlu
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Bülent Şerbetçioğlu
ENT and Audiology Specialist
Prof. Dr. Celil Uslu
Prof. Dr. Celil Uslu
ENT, Head and Neck Surgery Specialist
International Hospital Contact International Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
A JCI accredited, multi-specialty medical center which is a part of the Acibadem Healthcare Group. The hospital provides medical care in virtually all medical specialties. International patients are catered for through the Acibadem International Patients Center.
Cochlear Implantupon request
Anadolu Medical Center Contact Anadolu Medical Center
Private Hospital, Gebze (near Istanbul), Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
Anadolu Medical Center is one of the most modern, comprehensive and respected hospitals in Turkey. Anadolu is affiliated with John Hopkins Hospital.
Cochlear Implantupon request
Listed ENT specialists:
Dr. Sertaç Yetişer MD
Dr. Sertaç Yetişer MD
Dr. Nesil Keleş MD
Dr. Nesil Keleş MD
Endoscopic sinus surgery
Allergic Diseases of Nose
Liv Hospital Contact Liv Hospital
Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
The first in a brand new chain of ultra-modern hospitals, opened in January 2013, LIV hospital focuses on foreign patients, and tries to provide a complete and comprehensive service by a dedicated international team.
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 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.

General anesthesia

- 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.

- 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.

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