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True Cost of Cochlear Implant Surgery in Telangana

Cochlear implants have proven to be life-changing solutions for individuals with hearing impairment. Suppose you or a loved one is considering cochlear implant surgery in Telangana. In that case, knowing the associated costs and available options is essential. In this article, we will provide a complete overview of the cochlear implant surgery cost and related expenses in Telangana, focusing on Telangana as a reference region.


Cost of Cochlear Implant Surgery price in Telangana

Factors that Influence the Cost of Cochlear Implant Surgery

Several factors contribute to the overall cost of cochlear implant surgery in Telangana. These factors include:


Cochlear Implant Price

A single cochlear implant unit in Telangana ranges from 5,30,000 INR to 14,00,000 INR (approximately 6,500 USD to 17,000 USD). This price includes both the external and internal units, along with standard accessories.


Procedure Charges

In addition to the cochlear implant cost, the surgical charges for the procedure (excluding the implant) can range from 1,00,000 INR to 3,00,000 INR (approximately 1215 USD to 3650 USD). These charges include room rent, medicines, and professional fees.


Speech Therapy for Cochlear Implant

Following the surgery, a two-year-long auditory verbal therapy is essential. It could cost 1,00,000 INR to 2,00,000 INR (approximately 1215 USD to 2500 USD). This therapy is a crucial part of the procedure and is not optional.


Total Procedure Cost

The total cost of cochlear implant surgery can be influenced by whether the patient chooses unilateral or bilateral surgery.


Unilateral Surgery

For individuals opting for cochlear implant surgery in one ear only, the total cost, including therapy, is approximately 8,00,000 INR (about 9,750 USD).


Bilateral Surgery

The cost is approximately 14,50,000 INR (around 17,700 USD) for basic simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant surgery and therapy. This option is recommended for individuals with severe hearing loss in both ears.


Many ENT surgeons recommend simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants, as this approach can reduce expenses by 10% to 15%.


For those who can afford it, Dr. K. R. Meghanadh suggests the option of an advanced simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant, which could cost up to 32,50,000 INR (approximately 39,600 USD). These advanced cochlear implants are MRI-safe up to three-tesla magnets without affecting the device, making them ideal for a lifetime.


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Cochlear Implant Surgery Price Range in Telangana

Budget-Friendly Solution: Bilateral Sequential Cochlear Implant

A bilateral sequential cochlear implant approach can be considered for patients with budget constraints. This entails initially undergoing one cochlear implant surgery, followed by the second implant when finances permit. While the total expense might be higher due to therapy for each surgery, this approach is a practical choice for those facing financial limitations.


Advanced Cochlear Implant for One Ear or the Basic Implants for Both Ears Simultaneously: Making the Right Choice for You

While both types of implants have similar costs, Dr. Meghanadh strongly recommends bilateral simultaneous cochlear implants with basic implants for both ears. The performance achieved with this option is about 100% of the individual's ideal performance, making it a more practical and beneficial choice than a single advanced implant.


Free of Cost Cochlear Implants in India

For those facing financial constraints, the Government of India offers an ADIP Scheme that provides eligible candidates free cochlear implant surgery, basic implants, medicines, surgical costs, and therapy.


For eligibility and further details, you can visit the official website of the ADIP scheme at http://adipcochlearimplant.in to explore this valuable support option.


Expert Recommendation

This article is authored by the esteemed Dr. K. R. Meghanadh, an eminent ENT surgeon in the state of Telangana, renowned for his pioneering expertise in cochlear implant surgeries. With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, he has remarkably performed more than 600 cochlear implant surgeries, boasting an exceptional track record of success. Remarkably, aside from one singular instance, none of his patients have necessitated a redo of the surgery or encountered any device failure. The rare case of the patient who returned after 12 years after the surgery can be attributed solely to an unforeseen accident, as any surgical or manufacturing defect in the device should manifest within the initial two years. Dr. Meghanadh's reputation and experience render his insights in this field sophisticated and undoubtedly reliable.


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