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What is the cost of cochlear implants?

What is the cost of cochlear implants?

25,000: The cost of the implant does not include the cost of the surgery and hospital fees. All costs together run about $35, 000-$50, 000. Insurance companies typically support single or bilateral implants. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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How effective are cochlear implants for hearing?

How effective are cochlear implants for hearing?

Very efective.: In the hands of a well trained neuro-otologist, the results are highly successful. You will be able to hear again and most importantly, understand speech. If you have profound bilateral or complete bilateral deafness, it will restore your hearing. ...Read more

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Cochlear implants: why are they bad?

Cochlear implants: why are they bad?

They aren't bad: Just not for everyone. Cochlear implants can provide excellent results in a good candidate.Younger patients do much better than older patients. It is a big surgery that requires extensive work with audiologists after the surgery. Like most things it requires careful thought and talking to experts trained in the surgery prior to undergoing it. It can be a life hanging event so a lot of thought. ...Read more

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How many people have cochlear implants now?

Hundreds of thousand: Hundreds of thousands of people have been implanted worldwide. ...Read more

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What are disadvantages of cochlear implants?

What are disadvantages of cochlear implants?

Few: Cannot have an MRI scan easily with a cochlear implant. You may have to hear things that you don't want to hear. The advantages so far outway the disadvantages. There is almost no reason not to implant in a child or adult that qualifies for this technology. ...Read more

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How can I get funding for cochlear implants?

How can I get funding for cochlear implants?

Please clarify: Please repost your question with an explanation of why you don't have "funding" now. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a cochlear implants done?

Where do I go to get a cochlear implants done?

To those experienced: A cochlear implant is a very fine, microscopic procedure that should by done by a well-trained surgeon (usually ENT specialist), who has done many before, can answer all your questions about the procedure (effectiveness, complications..), tell you about how many (s)he's done. Generally, these are done at special centers, such as eye and ear institute in new york. ...Read more

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Is it difficult for a child with cochlear implants?

Is it difficult for a child with cochlear implants?

Adjustment: The younger the child gets implanted, the easier it is to adjust, young kids brains are still "learning" to hear if you will and therefore exploring making noise and acquiring language. Older kids have to re-learn many concepts but at the end of the day it is a great technology and a unique opportunity to see and hear the world a different way if you are hearing impaired. ...Read more

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Where are cochlear implants done? Are they painful?

Where are cochlear implants done? Are they painful?

Cochlear implants: Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices to treat bilateral severe to profound hearing loss. There is mild to moderate discomfort during the first 1-2 weeks of recovery, but pain is not expected thereafter. Results with rehabilitation/therapy are excellent. If you are interested in learning more about cochlear implants, I would be happy to arrange a virtual consult with you. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me pros and cons on cochlear implants?

Can anyone give me pros and cons on cochlear implants?

Total deafness: The major indication in both adults and children is bilateral profound hearing loss that can not be helped with a hearing aid. It is true that there are potential complications if you are a candidate for such an implant, discuss everything with an otologic surgeon who has extensive experience with this surgery. Total unilateral deafness is still a controversial indication. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more