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Cochlear Implant in Bangalore

Hospitals and medical centers in Bangalore, India performing Cochlear Implant.

Cost of Cochlear Implant in India

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Apollo Spectra Hospital Koramangala

Part of the Nova Medical Centers group, the center offers over 700 different procedures, with a specialty in general surgery, gynecology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, radiology, pediatrics, urology, and ophthalmology.

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Dr. Anita Krishnan

Senior Consultant - ENT

Dr. P. Harihara Murthy

ENT, Head and Neck, Endoscopic Surgery


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Cochlear Implant

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Apollo Hospitals Bangalore

Apollo Bangalore is a modern, JCI accredited, multi-specialty hospital, capable of treating the most complex medical cases, including neurosurgy, bone marrow transplants, oncology and cardiac surgery. Apollo provides a full range of services for foreign patients.

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Dr. Honey Ashok

Head of Department of ENT


Procedure Prices

Cochlear Implant

upon request

Columbia Asia Hospitals

A 200-bed facility located at Gateway Center in Northwest Bangalore. The hospital opened in 2008 and provides comprehensive tertiary-level services, such as cardiac operations, orthopedics and neuroscience, as well as secondary-level medical care.

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Procedure Prices

Cochlear Implant

5,400 US$

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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.

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.

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