Cochlear Implants Treatment Cost In United Arab Emirates

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A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted neuroprosthetic device that helps in hearing an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing.

One part of the implant sits behind the ear, and the other is surgically fitted under the skin.

Implantation of cochlear implants is performed under general anaesthesia.

The surgeon makes an incision behind the ear to access the cochlea to place the electrodes and the receiver under the skin behind the ear. The surgeon then sutures the wound.

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Cochlear Implant includes:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost  (Hearing test, MRI or CT imaging tests, etc.)

  • Surgery cost (depends on the type of implant) 

  • Type of implant

  • Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)

  • Medicine (Pain Killers, Antibiotics, etc.)

Note: Cochlear Implantation is an outpatient procedure. However, the doctor may advise an overnight stay for observation.

Factors affecting cost of Cochlear Implants Treatment

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

  • Any additional tests, if required

  • If any Post-surgical complication happens (such as swelling or bleeding, Infection around the implant, numbness of ears)

  • Blood products (if required)

  • An extended stay at the Hospital due to any health reason apart from the package stay period

  • Cost of Accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident

Frequently asked questions related to expenses that most patients have when planing for Cochlear Implants Treatment.

What is the cost of tests for Cochlear Implantation?

Before the procedure, certain evaluation tests are done including, hearing and speech. Physical tests such as MRI or CT imaging tests of the skull are done to assess the condition of the cochlea and inner ear structure. These tests are not included in the package.

Is the medicine cost included in the Cochlear Implantation package?

Pain at the surgical site is usually temporary and stiffness of the jaw is also common, you can take pain medicines to subside the uneasiness prescribed by your doctor, but these are not covered in your package. 

What is the cost of the implant in the procedure?

The three cochlear implant companies that produce Cochlear Implant Devices are Cochlear Corporation, Advanced Bionics Corporation, and Med-El Corporation. You can select the best option for yourself by consulting your doctor.

Cochlear Implants Treatment - Frequently Asked Questions

List of Centers for Cochlear Implants Treatment in United Arab Emirates

Popular Cities in United Arab Emirates for Cochlear Implants Treatment are:

Leading Hospitals for Cochlear Implants Treatment in United Arab Emirates

Doctors for Cochlear Implants Treatment in United Arab Emirates

An ENT surgeon should be consulted for implanting Cochlear Implants.

Listing popular specialists:

Dr. Fatima Alzahraa Haj Oubid Abbas

Dr. Fatima Alzahraa Haj Oubid Abbas

Consultant, 27 years of experience

Fakeeh University Hospital, DubaiLocation

Management of ear nose and throat disorder Surgery of salivary gland tumor Surgery of thyroid Minimal invasive laser microscopic surgery for laryngeal tumors and vocal disorders Surgery of advanced laryngeal cancer Surgery of cervical tumors, neck dissection, and congenital malformations

Dr. Nahel Sorour

Dr. Nahel Sorour

Principal Consultant, 25 years of experience

Burjeel Hospital, Abu DhabiLocation

Paranasal sinus surgery Rhinoplasty

Dr. Michael Timms

Dr. Michael Timms

Senior Consultant, 19 years of experience

Al Zahra Hospital, DubaiLocation

Tonsils & Adenoids, Snoring surgery, Nasal & sinus tumors

Dr. Yahia Kabil

Dr. Yahia Kabil

Consultant, 50 years of experience

Al Zahra Hospital, DubaiLocation

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Reconstructive Ear Surgery

Dr. Mohamad I M El Naggar

Dr. Mohamad I M El Naggar

Principal Consultant, 34 years of experience

Medcare Hospital Al SafaLocation

Septoplasty Middle ear microsurgery

Dr. Ramamurthy Lakshminarayanan

Dr. Ramamurthy Lakshminarayanan

Principal Consultant, 29 years of experience

Location

Sinus surgeries Micro ears surgeries

Dr. Jayakumar M N

Dr. Jayakumar M N

, 20 years of experience

LLH Hospital, Abu DhabiLocation

Nasal Endoscopy Laryngoscopy Video Otoscopy Audiometry Tympanometry Foreign body re

Dr. Ammar Alassaf

Dr. Ammar Alassaf

Consultant, 10 years of experience

Fakeeh University Hospital, DubaiLocation

Ear surgery, Pediatric otorhinolaryngological disorders, Adeno-tonsillectomy, Management of allergic rhinitis and Sino nasal disorders, Management of hearing disorders, tinnitus, vertigo, Management of snoring

Dr. Saad Aboudan

Dr. Saad Aboudan

Consultant, 35 years of experience

Fakeeh University Hospital, DubaiLocation

Ventilation tubes surgery, Nasal polyps, Correction of deviated nasal septum, Management of hypertrophied turbinates, Laparoscopic laryngeal surgery

Dr. Suhail Maqbool Mir

Dr. Suhail Maqbool Mir

Consultant, 24 years of experience

Fakeeh University Hospital, DubaiLocation

Stapedectomies, Rigid and flexible endoscopies, Microlaryngeal surgeries, Thyroid surgeries, Head and Neck surgeries (including cancer), Endoscopic ear surgery

Dr. Levente Deak

Dr. Levente Deak

Consultant, 20 years of experience

Fakeeh University Hospital, DubaiLocation

Chin augmentation, Blepharoplasty, Lip lift, Otoplasty, General ENT

Dr. Muaaz Tarabichi

Dr. Muaaz Tarabichi

Consultant, 39 years of experience

Neuro Spinal Hospital (NSH)Location

Nasal Polyps, Septoplasty, FESS with Navigation, Turbinectomy, Septoplasty with turbinate reduction, Nasal Fracture reduction, Cochlear Implant, Eustachian Tuboplasty, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) with Navigation

Dr. Mustafa Kapadia

Dr. Mustafa Kapadia

Consultant, 10 years of experience

Neuro Spinal Hospital (NSH)Location

Endoscopic Ear surgery (Ear drum repair, cholesteatoma, hearing loss), Endoscopic sinus surgery (Sinusitis, nasal polyps), Endoscopic Trans-Sphenoidal Pituitary surgeries, Endoscopic CSF leak repair, Adenoidectomy, Tonsillectomy, Myringotomy & Grommet insertion, Septoplasty, Nasal Turbinate reduction surgery

Dr. Ayman Hussien Salah El-din

Dr. Ayman Hussien Salah El-din

Consultant, 25 years of experience

Saudi German Hospital AjmanLocation

Snoring and Palate surgery, Nasal endoscopy and sinus surgery

Dr. Fadia Michel Kusairy

Dr. Fadia Michel Kusairy

Consultant, 17 years of experience

Saudi German Hospital AjmanLocation

Diseases of adenoids and tonsils and their surgery using advanced technique, Ear diseases and surgery, Ear procedures including ear lobe repairing

Dr. Unnikrishnan Thamarassery

Dr. Unnikrishnan Thamarassery

Consultant, 22 years of experience

International Modern HospitalLocation

Micro-laryngeal surgeries for benign vocal fold lesions, vocal fold scarring & vocal fold cancer, Managing post-tonsillectomy bleeding, Treatment for snoring using CPAP machine, decongestants or nasal dilators, Managing epistaxis or nosebleeds, Myringoplasty and tympanoplasty for eardrum holes, Ossiculoplasty or middle ear reconstruction

Dr. Mohammad Ahmad Shawakh

Dr. Mohammad Ahmad Shawakh

Consultant, 15 years of experience

Saudi German Hospital SharjahLocation

Hearing issues, Chronic cough, Thyroid disorders

Dr. Roberto Puxeddu

Dr. Roberto Puxeddu

Consultant, 20 years of experience

King's College Hospital, DubaiLocation

Pediatric Congenital and acquired diseases, Pediatric neck lump and masses, Adult neck lump and masses, Salivary gland tumors, Salivary stones treated with sialo endoscopy, Thyroid lump, nodules, and cancer, Oral cavity ulcers and lesions, Pharyngeal and laryngeal ulcers and lesions, Laser for Laryngeal and pharyngeal cancer Hoarseness and voice problems, Voice changes from male to female, Nasal obstruction and sinus problems, FESS (functional endoscopic sinus surgery), Lacrimal sac and duct problems treated with EDCR, Deviated septum and turbinate hypertrophy, Skin tumors of the head and neck, Otosclerosis laser surgery, Cholesteatoma and tympanic perforation surgery

Dr. Omar Ayoub

Dr. Omar Ayoub

Consultant, 30 years of experience

King's College Hospital, DubaiLocation

Functional and Cosmetic Rhinoplasty, Nasal Allergy and Nasal Polyposis, Septoplasty, Turbinoplasty, Endoscopic Lacrimal Sac Surgery, Benign Tumours of the nasal Sinus, Ear Surgery, Tympanoplasty, Cholesteatoma surgery, Ossiculoplasty, Voice Surgery, Tonsillectomy adenoids, Middle ear ventilation tubes, Eustachian Tube Balloonplasty, Nasal Sinuses Balloonplasty

Dr. Bharath Rao

Dr. Bharath Rao

Consultant, 20 years of experience

Aster Hospital, Mankhool Location

<ul> <li>Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery</li> <li>Endoscopic Sphenopalatine Artery ligation for Recurrent Epistaxis</li> <li>Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy</li> </ul>

Success Rate

Cochlear Implants, being successful prostheses, have an exceptionally high success rate with less than 1% rejection.

It takes around four to six weeks to recover following Cochlear Implant Surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Cochlear Implants Treatment

Before the Procedure (18 Questions):

The warranty of the product is for 10 years, but the electrode which is fitted inside is practically once in a lifetime.

Absolutely, Cochlear implant was made for patients who are born deaf.

Ideally, cochlear should be done within first year of the birth to best results. The results are still very good if surgery is done less than 7 years of age. As the age grows, it will be very difficult for patient to be fully absorbed in mainstream.

If patient is deaf from both ear, opting for cochlear implant in both ears is highly recommended. It helps patient in sound localisation, speech discrimination much better

Hospital stay would be for 1-2 days.

Cochlear implants may be placed in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). Cochlear implants in both ears have started to be used more often to treat bilateral severe hearing loss particularly for infants and children who are learning to speak and process language. There has to be a time gap between the two implants and generally doctor advice of about 6 months of gap between two procedures.

Cochlear implants do not play a sound to the wearer, and so they can be useful even if that person has little or no ability to hear sound. A microphone that is worn on the back of the ear detects sounds in the surrounding environment and converts them into electrical signals.

Cochlear Implant has two parts Internal device (e): The internal portion of the implant consists of two parts: the receiver/stimulator and the intracochlear electrode array. External hardware (a-d): The external portion consists of three parts: a microphone, a speech processor, and a transmitting coil. The external devise can get damaged if they get wet so you need to take off before you bathe.

Cochlear Implant has two parts Internal device (e): The internal portion of the implant consists of two parts: the receiver/stimulator and the intracochlear electrode array. External hardware (a-d): The external portion consists of three parts: a microphone, a speech processor, and a transmitting coil. The external devise has to be removed prior to going to bed.

The internal device doesnt need any battery. The external device's battery can easily be changed.

Cochlear Implants works lifetime and NO future surgery may be required.

The risk is about 0.1%

No major precautions other than to avoid head trauma.

No, cochlear implant is not a major surgery it is a minor surgery. This device partially restores hearing ability.

Patient should undergo cochlear implantation who have severe hearing loss or hearing loss due to damage of the inner ear and they are not using hearing aids. Other than hearing aids which amplifies sound cochlear  implant bypasses the damaged portion of the ear for delivering the sound signals to the auditory nerve.

Some of the disadvantage of cochlear implants includes nerve damage, dizziness problem, hearing loss, ringing in ears, leaking of fluid around brain and meningitis.

Usually cochlear implants lasts lifetime but there are some cases in which they are to be changed after certain time interval.

Cochlear implant is very safe surgery it has limited post operative pain and few complications only. Pain and stiffness seen at the surgical site is mainly temporary, it subsides with time.  It is safe for you to sleep on the side being operated.

During the Procedure (4 Questions):

Cochlear Implant surgery usually takes from three to four hours.

Cochlear implant surgery is being done by general surgeons or ENT specialist.

Cochlear implantation surgery takes two to four hours to be complete under general anaesthesia.

In cochlear implantation the surgeon first identify the facial nerve and then creates an opening between them to access the cochlea. In the next step implant electrode is being inserted into the cochlea and the surgeon places an electronic device called receiver under the skin and behind the ear   and then surgeon secures the skull in that area.

Post the Procedure (7 Questions):

It takes 2-3 weeks for device to be programmed perfectly before patient goes back to their country. After going back, patient is strongly recommended to undergo speech therapy for best results for about upto 1 year.

You can return to work 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.

This depends on your pre-operative hearing level. Certain hearing loss can be corrected in the same or second surgery whereas some kinds of hearing loss involving inner ear may not be reversible.

It will take around three to six weeks before you recover completely after the procedure, most people are able to return back to their work within one to two week after surgery.

You should avoid bending or lifting heavy objects for three weeks after surgery, you may experience some popping, clicking or other sounds in your ear.

About four to six weeks after the surgery, the external parts of the cochlear implant will be added. These include a microphone and speech processor. At that time, the speech processor is programmed and activated, which causes the internal device to stimulate the cochlear nerve in response to sounds.

Immediately after surgery you may feel some pressure or discomfort on the implanted ear, dizziness, disoriented or a sore throat for a while from the breathing tube used during general anesthesia.

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