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Hearing loss can negatively affect a person’s social and emotional communication. CI is an alternative option when conventional hearing aids are insufficient for the wearer to understand speech information. CIs do not “restore” or “cure” hearing, it allows the perception of the sensation of sound and provides an opportunity for a person who is severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf to hear again.

The cochlear implant consists of two components ーan internal implant (implanted through surgery) and an external device (sound processor) worn over the ear.

CIs are complex medical devices that work differently from a traditional hearing aid, which amplifies the sound. An implant bypasses the damaged portions of the ear and directly delivers sound signals to the hearing (auditory) nerve. It provides electronic/artificial hearing for all sounds in the speech range, improving access to speech. An implant is designed to mimic the function of a healthy inner ear (cochlea).

CI requires surgical implantation to achieve the best possible hearing outcome; post-surgery rehabilitation and training are required.

Early intervention is the key. The benefits of CI decrease over time as hearing loss worsens.


A cochlear implant is a small device that can be surgically implanted in the inner ear to help people with severe to profound hearing loss. The external portion (sound processor) picks up sound and transfers the signal to a surgically implanted portion that directly stimulates the auditory nerve fibres in the inner ear. This provides a sense of sound, bypassing the damaged parts of the ear. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and is considered very low risk for suitable candidates.

Fear and anxiety about any surgery, including a cochlear implant, are natural. However, it is essential to understand that cochlear implant surgery is a routine procedure trained and experienced surgeons perform. The process is performed under general anaesthesia, typically lasting 2-3 hours.

Complications from the surgery are rare, and the benefits of the surgery can be life-changing for people with severe to profound hearing loss. It is essential to discuss any concerns or fears with your doctor before deciding on the surgery.


Meet Edward, a long-term hearing aid user who recently switched to a cochlear implant. Edward found that his hearing aids were no longer sufficient, and he was experiencing anxiety and fear due to the inability to hear speech. After learning about the benefits of cochlear implants, Edward decided to make the switch. He can now hear sounds and speech more clearly and is experiencing a significant improvement in his quality of life. Watch his video to learn how he discovered the benefits of cochlear implants and changed his life and career.


The average price of cochlear implants varies depending on the coverage and subsidy available. For insured cochlear implants, the range depends on the insurance plan, with most programs offering full coverage. Subsidies of up to 80% may be available based on household income.

In the case of private healthcare, the cost of a cochlear implant for one side, without any subsidy or insurance, can range significantly. The exact cost will depend on factors such as the surgeon involved.

It’s important to note that certain expenses related to cochlear implants, such as consultations, hospitalization, and surgery, may be claimable. However, the extent of coverage will depend on factors such as the specific medical insurance policy, annual coverage limits, and age limitations (as some older medical cards may only cover individuals up to 70 years old).


Like Edward and all our valued Cochlear Implant users, you too can transform your life with a cochlear implant from Listening Lab Singapore. Say goodbye to the frustration and anxiety caused by hearing loss and hello to the sounds of the world around you. 

Our team of experts is dedicated to providing personalized care and support every step of the way, just as we did for Edward. Take the first step towards a life-changing experience by booking a consultation with us today. Book an appointment or call us through our Whatsapp at +6568175100 to find out more about cochlear implants and how we can help you with your hearing concerns.

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