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Are cochlear implants expensive?

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The price of a cochlear implant can go as high as $100,000, the American Academy of Otolaryngology said in 2014. However, most insurance and Medicare plans provide coverage for the cost. The National Institutes of Health does point out that in some cases, the expense is not covered.

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Factors that go into the cost of a cochlear implant are the implant itself, evaluation, surgery and rehabilitation, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

The rehabilitation aspect of getting a cochlear implant involves therapy to attain or relearn the sense of hearing, says the National Institutes of Health. The process involves working with speech therapists and audiologists. Results for individual patients vary.

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