Here in Canada they are $25,000 and up. They pay for kids but not adults
That's a shame because deafened adults seem to benefit more from CI then kids who can't always say when the machine goes faulty and didn't decide to have a CI in the first place.
I know how tiring it was when I used to read lips and listen with powerful hearing aids. I was glad to lose what little hearing I had eventually.
I can also sympathise with you about not belonging as I'm profoundly deaf and partially sighted. To communicate now people have to finger spell on my hand.