Cochlear Implants
(in Malaysia)

Hearing loss can negatively affect a person's social and emotional communication. CI is an alternative option when conventional hearing aids are insufficient for the wearer to understand speech information.

Implant + Sound Processor

Hearing loss can negatively affect a person's social and emotional communication. CI is an alternative option when conventional hearing aids are insufficient for the wearer to understand speech information. CIs do not "restore" or "cure" hearing, it allows the perception of the sensation of sound and provides an opportunity for a person who is severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf to hear again.

The cochlear implant consists of two components ーan internal implant (inserted through surgery) and an external device (sound processor) worn over the ear.

CIs are complex medical devices that work differently from a traditional hearing aid, which amplifies the remaining natural hearing. An implant bypasses the damaged portions of the ear and directly delivers sound signals to the hearing (auditory) nerve. It provides electronic/artificial hearing for all sounds in the speech range, improving access to speech. An implant is designed to mimic the function of a healthy inner ear (cochlea).

CI requires surgical implantation to achieve the best possible hearing outcome; post-surgery rehabilitation and training are required.

Early intervention is the key. The benefits of CI decrease over time as hearing loss worsens.

How Do Cochlear Implants Work?

A cochlear implant is a small device that can be surgically implanted in the inner ear to help people with severe or profound hearing loss. It consists of an external portion that picks up sound and a surgically implanted portion that sends signals directly to the auditory nerve fibres in the inner ear. This provides a sense of sound, bypassing the damaged parts of the ear. The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia and is considered safe and effective for suitable candidates.

Fear and anxiety about any surgery, including cochlear implant surgery, is natural. However, it is essential to understand that cochlear implant surgery is a routine procedure trained and experienced surgeons perform. The procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia; most patients experience little to no pain during the surgery.

Complications from the surgery are rare, and the benefits of the surgery can be life-changing for people with severe or profound hearing loss. It is essential to discuss any concerns or fears with your doctor before deciding on the surgery.

Cochlear Implants for Adults

Cochlear Implants (CI) is a viable solution for adults with severe to profound hearing loss. CI bypasses the damaged hair cells in the inner ear by converting sound into electrical signals that are transmitted to the auditory nerve. The CI system consists of two main components: the internal implant and the external speech processor. The internal implant is surgically placed beneath the skin, while the speech processor is worn behind the ear or on the body.

The CI system offers a range of benefits to adults with hearing loss, including improved speech recognition in quiet and noisy environments, better sound localization, and improved quality of life. CI is a safe and effective treatment option for adults who cannot benefit from hearing aids alone.

Cochlear Implants for Children

Cochlear Implants (CI) is also an effective treatment option for children with severe to profound hearing loss. CI has been shown to improve speech and language development in children who receive implants at a young age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children with severe to profound hearing loss receive a CI as early as possible, ideally before 12 months.

CI for children works similarly to CI for adults. The implant is surgically placed beneath the skin, while the speech processor is worn behind the ear or on the body. Children who receive a CI may need ongoing support and therapy to help them adjust to their new hearing and develop their speech and language skills.

Cochlear Implants Brand: Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics is one of the leading manufacturers of Cochlear Implant systems. Their CI system features a unique electrode array design that is designed to maximize the stimulation of the auditory nerve. This design improves sound perception and speech recognition in quiet and noisy environments.

Advanced Bionics also offers a range of accessories and support services to help users get the most out of their CI system. These include the AquaMic waterproof microphone, the T-Mic microphone, and the HiRes Fidelity 120 programming strategy.

Additionally, the company provides ongoing support and training for CI users and their families to ensure they can use their devices effectively and achieve the best possible outcomes.

While the Naida Cochlear Implant has been a popular solution for severe hearing loss for many years, there has been a recent trend of patients switching to the Marvel Cochlear Implant developed by Advanced Bionics and Phonak. The Marvel Implant offers several advantages over the Naida, including a broader range of connectivity options and improved sound quality.

Many patients have reported better speech understanding and music enjoyment with the Marvel Implant, making it a preferred choice for those seeking a high-performance hearing solution. However, it's important to note that the choice between the Naida and Marvel Implant ultimately depends on individual needs and preferences and should be made in consultation with a medical professional.

Listen to how Edward shares his experience upgrading his sound processor to Naída CI Marvel from Naída CI Q 90. He speaks about how the lightweight and secure Marvel CI has made communication easier for him as an account manager.

How Cochlear Implants transform a life

Edward was also long-term hearing aid user who recently switched to a cochlear implant. Edward found that his hearing aids were no longer sufficient, and he was experiencing anxiety and fear due to the inability to hear speech.

After learning about the benefits of cochlear implants, Edward decided to make the switch. He can now hear sounds and speech more clearly and is experiencing a significant improvement in his quality of life. Watch his video to learn how he discovered the benefits of cochlear implants and changed his life and career.

So how much does CI costs in Malaysia

Public Healthcare Pricing

For individuals seeking cochlear implants through subsidized healthcare at public hospitals in Malaysia, there are cost implications involved. Priority is given to children below the age of 4 in these cases.

Hearing Assessment

The waiting time for a hearing assessment in public healthcare is typically within two months. There are standard and fast-track options available, with associated costs.

Private Healthcare Pricing

The cost of cochlear implants varies in private healthcare facilities. The implant device is usually not covered by insurance, but consultation fees, hospitalization, and surgery costs may be claimable, subject to insurance policy conditions.

Funding for CI in Malaysia: Eligibility subject to the family's financial status

First Implant

  • Cochlear Implant Programme, Ministry of Health
  • Public Service Department (JPA)
  • Tabung Bantuan Perubatan (TBP)
  • Self-funding
  • Other sources (non-government organizations (NGO), insurance etc.
  • Other government agencies


A case must be presented to the National Cochlear Implant Committee to upgrade the speech processor. Sources are:

  • Public Service Department (JPA)
  • Tabung Bantuan Perubatan (TBP)
  • Self-funding
  • Other sources such as non-government organizations (NGOs), insurance etc.
  • Other government agencies

Second implant

  • Public Service Department (JPA)
  • Other government agencies (e.g. state government)
  • Tabung Bantuan Perubatan (TBP)
  • Self-funding

Terms and conditions of the second implant

The patient has significant difficulty and limited capability to hear and to function in social and working environments despite benefitting from the first implant due to the limitation of monaural hearing. Considerations strictly apply to:

Children, especially below five years of age

Students and an active working group whose activity of daily living job description and job standing clearly indicate extra cost-effective benefits with a second implant.

How can we help you?

Like Edward and all our valued Cochlear Implant users, you too can transform your life with a cochlear implant from Listening Lab Malaysia. Say goodbye to the frustration and anxiety caused by hearing loss and hello to the sounds of the world around you. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing personalized care and support every step of the way, just as we did for Edward. Take the first step towards a life-changing experience by booking a consultation with us today.

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