Cochlear implant sound processors are extremely expensive items, each costing thousands of pounds. You are not obliged to insure processors provided by the NHS, but some people choose to do so, in case they lose or accidentally damage them beyond repair. When that happens, most cochlear implant programmes will now apply a charge to contribute towards the cost of the lost or damaged device or an administration charge for its replacement. There may also be a delay of some years to the next upgrade of the sound processor.

It is possible to insure your processors through some home insurance schemes; we do not hold any details of these but we are aware of a specialist processor insurance scheme available at www.insurance4cochlearimplants.co.uk (BCIG does not endorse this or any other insurance product).