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Cost of permanant hearing aid implant in Kentucky

The average cash price for permanant hearing aid implant care in Kentucky is $38,998 at a surgery center versus $41,836 at an outpatient hospital. While an outpatient hospital may offer more complimentary and support services for patients, you will save (7%) by taking care of your permanant hearing aid implant at a surgery center. Read More

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Average cash price in Kentucky

A common permanant hearing aid implant at surgery center facility in Kentucky includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

Ear, nose, & throat doctor visit provider fee

First time visit Standard
1 $139

Provider fee to implant permanent hearing aid

Standard Standard
1 $1,477

Facility

Surgery center fee to implant permanent hearing aid

Standard Standard
1 $36,151

Imaging

Radiology fee for CT scan of ear

Standard Standard
1 $296

Prescriptions

HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Standard Standard
30 $15

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $190

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
387 $729
Total average cash price   $38,997.76

A common permanant hearing aid implant at outpatient hospital facility in Kentucky includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

Ear, nose, & throat doctor visit provider fee

First time visit Standard
1 $139

Provider fee to implant permanent hearing aid

Standard Standard
1 $1,477

Facility

Outpatient Hospital fee to implant permanent hearing aid

Standard Standard
1 $38,990

Imaging

Radiology fee for CT scan of ear

Standard Standard
1 $296

Prescriptions

HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Standard Standard
30 $15

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $190

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
387 $729
Total average cash price   $41,836.31

A cochlear implant is a small device that helps restore hearing to those with severe or permanent hearing loss. The device has two parts- a microphone and a transmitter. The microphone is attached to the outside of the head while the transmitter is surgically placed under the skin.

 A permanent hearing aid implant is meant for patients who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. Regular hearing aids can’t help these patients. The cochlear implant has direct access to the auditory nerve, bypassing any structural damage to the ear that impairs hearing.

There are four common types of permanent hearing aid implants. The most common are cochlear implants. 

Bone anchored hearing aids are attached to the skull and transmit sound to the inner ear. These hearing aids can be removed for activities like swimming or showering.

Auditory brainstem implants are similar to cochlear implants. These permanent hearing aid implants help individuals who have problems with their auditory nerves.

Middle ear implants work similarly to a regular hearing aid. They do not restore hearing but amplify sound to make it louder and easier to understand.

There might be a cost difference for the different types of permanent hearing aid implants, impacting decisions on which method to choose.

A cochlear implant isn’t necessarily better than a hearing aid. Cochlear implants require a surgical procedure. They are only recommended for patients who are deaf or have severe hearing loss.

If you do not have severe hearing loss, a hearing aid is a more accessible and less invasive way to improve your hearing.

Cochlear implants are not a cure for deafness. These permanent hearing aid implants are a medical prosthetic device that allows deaf people to perceive sound. You can think of them as glasses for your ears. Glasses help a person with poor vision see clearly, but they still have poor eyesight without them. A person with a cochlear implant can hear, but the physical abnormalities that caused deafness are still present.

Most types of permanent hearing aid implants require a patient to be sedated under general anesthesia. The surgeon prepares the area for the external portion of the hearing aid by shaving a small amount of hair if necessary. A small cut is made just behind the ear, and the transmitter is inserted under the skin. The surgeon tests that the transmitter is in the right place before closing the cut. Once the area heals, the permanent hearing aid implant can be turned on.

Permanent hearing aid implants are meant to last as long as the patient needs the device. However, the equipment can fail over time, mainly when a young patient receives a cochlear implant. Cochlear implants have only been available since the mid-1980s, so medical professionals are still learning about the average length of time they last.

An overwhelming majority of permanent hearing aid implants are successful. A successful implant improves the ability to perceive sound for deaf and severely hard-of-hearing individuals.

A cochlear implant doesn’t always help someone understand verbal communication or speak well. Ten years after getting a cochlear implant, about 15% of patients will have stopped using the device.

Cochlear implants have several disadvantages. For those without health insurance, they can be costly. Some patients may not like that cochlear implants can be seen on the side of their heads. Since cochlear implants require a surgical procedure, you are at risk of surgical complications like bleeding and infection. Some patients may have facial paralysis or taste changes after cochlear implant surgery.

About the permanant hearing aid implant Average Cash Prices

This procedure is most commonly performed at either a surgery center or an outpatient hospital.

Surgery centers, also known as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), are independent, licensed medical facilities that are governed by distinct regulatory requirements compared with a hospital. Procedures performed at an ASCs are often less expensive than when they are performed at an outpatient hospital, but they typically offer fewer complimentary services, and may not have the full-range of support services that a hospital provides.

Outpatient facilities are outpatient departments or clinics that may be within or next to a hospital, but is owned and run by the affiliated hospital. These facilities can perform surgical treatments and procedures that do not require an overnight stay. Procedures performed at an outpatient hospital are often more expensive than when they are performed in an ambulatory surgery center, but outpatient hospitals may offer more complimentary and support services for patients because they are connected to the hospital system.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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