Eligibility, Recovery & Cost of Cochlear Implant Surgery in India

Cost of cochlear implant surgery in India

There is a gleam of hope for severe to profound hearing loss conditions, and it is cochlear implants. Know more details like Candidacy, Recovery, Risks, Benefits and cost of cochlear implant surgery in India.

From children to adults, listening and speaking are two gateways for communication. Whether it’s a family function or an important meeting, in order to communicate clearly, we must listen and understand well. Hearing and speaking must act together. We face many problems when any of these go out of the way. When hearing becomes distorted, it is important to act quickly to restore it and get back on track with daily life. Although there are effective treatments available to restore hearing, many people fail to address it in the early stages. 

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is surgically implanted in the ear to restore hearing. Cochlear implants have the power to transform lives and gain hearing. Get the best cochlear implant surgery in India at an affordable cost from Dr.Rao’s ENT. Know more about candidacy, risks, what to expect after surgery, recovery and rehabilitation after surgery. If hearing is lost in both ears, then bilateral cochlear implant surgery is performed. Overall, cochlear implants offer a life-changing solution for those with hearing loss. Get your quote for cost of cochlear implant surgery in India or request a call back.

Candidacy for cochlear implants: who is eligible?

  • Children with genetic hearing loss problems, who have not received significant benefit from hearing aids
  • Adults who suffer from profound hearing loss
  • Persons opt out of hearing aids as they are unsatisfactory or ineffective
  • People who suffer from hearing loss feel uncomfortable with hearing aids and their usage
  • Profound hearing loss patients who rely on sign languages to communicate
  • Individuals who have trouble managing their daily life activities with hearing aids despite proper fitting and adjustment. Know about cost of cochlear implant surgery in India before proceeding to the surgery.

Preparing for cochlear implant surgery: what to expect?

Your ENT doctor conducts necessary diagnostic tests to evaluate your hearing condition and suggests a suitable hearing implant. The cochlear implant surgery cost in India varies from patient to patient depending on the surgical procedure, days spent in hospital and other medical bills. If you are going for cochlear implant surgery, then there are several things to know before, during and after the surgery. They are:

  • You should need to evaluate your hearing and speech perception
  • Confirm your surgery date and reach one day before
  • Take your regular and prescribed medications and consult with your doctor about when to take them
  • Avoid taking food 8-12 hrs before surgery
  • Have a good sleep and take enough rest before surgery
  • The surgery takes 1-3 hrs under general anesthesia
  • During surgery, a tiny incision is made behind the ear to access the cochlear bone
  • A receiver is inserted under the skin behind your ear, and electrodes are inserted
  • The incision is closed, and doctors monitor it for 1 day.
  • Supervision will rule out any risks and side effects after the surgery
  • You may experience pain, dizziness, or nausea after the surgery, but these symptoms usually disappear within a few days
  • Avoid bending, lifting, or strenuous activity after the surgery
  • Regular follow-ups with your ENT specialist and the audiologist will help you adjust to a cochlear implant
  • It may take time to adjust to a cochlear implant, but learning how to use it can greatly improve hearing

Recovery after surgery mostly depends on personal care and hygiene, and it differs from person to person. It takes time to adjust the cochlear implants. Timely consultation with an audiologist will help rule out risks and ensure speedy recovery.

Cost of cochlear implant surgery in India

Risks associated with cochlear implant surgery

  • You may experience bleeding at the surgical site
  • Swelling or infection may occur after the surgery, which can be cured by medication
  • Temporary tinnitus or ringing in the ears is seen
  • Lack of sensation around the ear
  • Facial paralysis
  • Irritation caused by general anesthesia
  • Inflammation
  • Dizziness and imbalance
  • Xerostomia
  • Meningitis

Recovery and rehabilitation after cochlear implant surgery

Recovery from cochlear implants will take time. By following certain precautions, you’ll have a faster and better recovery.

  • After surgery, you need to take rest and avoid any strenuous activities
  • Medication will help you in managing certain risks and complications after the surgery
  • Within four weeks after the surgery, your audiologist will activate your implant. After activation, your audiologist will begin the process of mapping your implant, which involves adjusting the settings to optimize your hearing experience
  • Mapping can take a few weeks to months, and in some cases, auditory training may be necessary to understand signals. Auditory training will help in understanding signals and helps in developing necessary listening and communication skills
  • It would be best if you adapted to some lifestyle changes, like listening to different types of sounds and communicating in other ways. Take help from your family members and friends for any assistance
  • Take Speech therapy after the surgery. It improves speech production, clarity, and comprehension

Cost of the surgery

Cost of cochlear implant surgery in India differs from treatment method and no. of days spent in the hospital, diagnostic tests, medicines etc. ask your ENT specialist before opting for surgery.


It’s essential to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully, and attend regular follow-up appointments to ensure the implant continues to function correctly. The recovery and rehabilitation process after cochlear implant surgery can take time and require patience and dedication. However, improved hearing and communication benefits can be life-changing, and with the right support and guidance, most people can successfully adapt to life with a cochlear implant.  

Why consult EarSurgeon, Dr. Shree Rao?

Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao is acclaimed as one of the best pediatric ENT specialists in Hyderabad. With 10+ years of deep domain experience in the field of ENT, she is the director at Dr. Rao’s ENT Super Specialty Hospital. She underwent specialized training in Rhinoplasty / Facial Plastic surgery at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore. She also underwent advanced training in cochlear implant surgery under Padmashri Dr. Milind V Kirtane and had a Fellowship in a cochlear implant. Having performed over 200 successful cochlear implants for patients worldwide, Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao is also the recipient of several prestigious accolades in the domain of ENT. Dr. Shree Rao is one of the best ent doctor in hyderabad, to book an appointment click here.

About Dr. Shree C Rao


Dr. Shree Cuddapah Rao, an ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat) surgeon, is a superspecialist microsurgeon in Otology and Cochlear implant surgeries. With 10+ years of deep domain experience in medical and surgical ENT, she is quite fittingly, the Head of the Cochlear Implant team at Dr. Rao’s ENT

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