Cochlear implants are sophisticated medical devices that are very expensive pieces of equipment. In Australia, we are very fortunate that these devices are typically fully funded under private health insurance or publically through hospitals.
A full and detailed cost of your hearing implant and procedure will be explained to you after we have determined which device would best suit you.
However there are several ways to fund a cochlear implant or other hearing implant:
- Private Health Insurance – the cost of the surgical procedure and hospital costs will depend on your level of insurance. Please check with your private health fund to confirm your eligibility.
- State Government or Hospital Funding – a number of cochlear implant devices are funded each year. There may be a waiting period involved with accessing this funding. The device as well as the procedures and hospital stay are typically funded.
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) - DVA may cover the costs associated with cochlear implants. More information can be found from DVA (www.dva.gov.au).
- Self-finance – there is also the option of paying for the device yourself. Your surgeon or audiologist can discuss these costs with you.
- Gift of Hearing – Ear Science has a number of devices each year that are generously donated through our fundraising activities. Please speak to us to find out more information.
There are also ongoing costs associated with cochlear implants and other hearing implants. These includes;
- replaceable parts
- service and repair costs.
- upgrade of the sound processor.
After getting a cochlear implant it is good to start planning how to fund future technology upgrades. You will need to contact your private health fund to see what their policies and procedures are. Other potential ways to fund upgrades are through DVA, Australian Hearing or NDIS.