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

  • Determine if a hearing implant is covered by private insurance plans, Medicare or Medicaid
  • Get answers to your frequently asked insurance questions
  • Contact our insurance experts for help navigating the process

The first step to knowing how much a hearing implant will cost is to get 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. It is important to find out if you are eligible for a hearing implant before obtaining insurance approval. After you find out you are a candidate for a hearing implant solution, you should know your health plan coverage and how to request and obtain insurance approval. You hearing health professional will help you submit the necessary paperwork. Here are some tips and tools to get you started.

Insurance coverage for hearing aids vs. hearing implants

Unlike hearing aids, hearing implants are covered by Medicare. They are also covered by most insurance plans and typically Medicaid.* Contact your insurance company or local Hearing Implant Specialist to determine coverage as well as your estimated out-of-pocket expenses. The cost of the implant will vary from person to person based on their specific health plan.

Need help determining if a hearing implant is covered by your insurance plan? Review this chart to see a breakdown of coverage by policy type.

  Private Insurance Medicare Medicaid
Cochlear Implants
(Nucleus® 7, Kanso®)
Covered by most insurance plans* Covered†† Typically covered**
Cochlear™ Nucleus® Hybrid Implant May be covered* May be covered May be covered*
Bone Conduction Implants (Baha® 5 Systems) Covered by most insurance plans* Covered†† Typically covered**
Hearing Aids Typically not covered By law are not covered Typically covered**

 

"The insurance, it was a gift from heaven. Medicare and my insurance, it was easy. There was no negotiating. I didn't have to fight anybody, so that process was minor. You just want to make sure you're covered as you would with any procedure and network provider."

- Tom K. - Kanso® recipient

Step-by-Step Guide to Insurance Process

Download this guide to learn more about insurance coverage, questions to ask your health plan, managing denials and more.

Step-by-Step Guide to Insurance Process

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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. The good news is that many health insurance plans will cover a portion of the cost to upgrade in additional to replaceable parts such as cables, coil, magnets and batteries.

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Disclaimer

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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*Contact your insurance company or local Hearing Implant Specialist to determine your eligibility for coverage.

**Coverage for adult Medicaid recipients varies according to state-specific guidelines.

†May be covered for patients that meet Medicare's current coverage criteria.

††Covered for Medicare beneficiaries who meet CMS criteria for coverage.

‡The Hybrid L24 Implant is approved in the US only for adults 18 and older. The Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid acoustic component is not compatible with the Kanso Sound Processor. The Kanso Sound Processor is not intended to be used by Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant recipients who receive benefit from the acoustic component.