How much do hearing implants cost?

Hearing implants may be an effective and affordable solution for you or your loved one. We’ll help you navigate the process.


What you will find on this page

  • Learn about hearing implant coverage by your provincial and territory health insurance plan
  • Navigate your provincial and territory health insurance plan
  • Understand costs associated with hearing implants over time

The first step towards a hearing implant is a hearing evaluation by a hearing health professional which specializes in hearing implant solutions. Other medical evaluations, X-rays or an MRI scan may be needed. After finding out you are a candidate for a hearing implant solution your centre will submit the necessary paperwork for provincial and territory health insurance coverage.

Insurance coverage for hearing aids vs. hearing implants

Unlike hearing aids, hearing implants can be covered by most provincial and territory health insurance plans. Canadian citizens, who hold a valid provincial or territorial health card, are eligible for coverage under provincial and territory health insurance plans for surgical care and hospital stays. Contact your local hearing implant centre to learn more about coverage specific to your home province or territory.

What costs are associated with a hearing implant?

The cost of a hearing implant may be covered by your provincial and territory health insurance plan. Every health insurance plan is different. Coverage varies by each province and territory, the type of hearing implant you may need and your hearing loss. You should contact your local hearing implant centre to determine coverage. Some services that you will want to discuss with your cochlear implant centre are:

  • Hearing evaluation and test costs

  • Implant components costs (hearing implant and sound processor)

  • Implant procedure costs (hospital, physician, surgery, anesthesia)

  • Battery costs

  • Follow-up visits and care

  • Rehabilitation

For private health insurance plans:

  • Individual coverage, benefits and out-of-pocket costs will vary.

  • Please contact your private insurance provider if applicable for more information.


Costs of your hearing implant and sound processor over time

No matter which Cochlear hearing solution is best for you, they are designed to allow access to technology upgrades as they become available without the need for additional surgery. Some provincial and territory health insurance plans may assist in covering a portion of the cost to upgrade. Be sure to contact your local hearing care professional to see what types of funding options are available to you.


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Please seek advice from your medical practitioner or health professional about treatments for hearing loss. They will be able to advise on a suitable solution for the hearing loss condition. All products should be used only as directed by your medical practitioner or health professional. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative.

Views expressed by Cochlear recipients and hearing health providers are those of the individual. Consult your hearing health provider to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology. Outcomes and results may vary.

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*Please check with your local cochlear implant clinic on coverage in your province or territory or contact the ministry of health in your province or territory. Health Care in Canada

** Government health insurance plans give you access to basic medical services. You may also need private insurance to pay for things that government plans dont fully cover. If you work, you may get extra coverage from the company or organization you work for.