Bundled hearing aid pricing refers to the cost for the procedures and services after your hearing test. When the audiologist completes your case history, diagnostic testing, and a post-test review of your results, the recommendation might include amplification to improve your speech understanding. If you elect to pursue amplification, you’re scheduled for the next step in the process towards improving your hearing, a hearing aid evaluation. A good hearing aid evaluation guarantees a problem free hearing aid fitting.
During the hearing aid evaluation, you learn about technology and which products work best for you. When ordering hearing aids, the audiologist quotes a single price for the hearing aids. This price includes the hearing aid evaluation, hearing aids, fitting, follow-ups, and service. The service continues for the life of the hearing aid fitting. You never pay for an office visit related to care or service of your hearing aids for as long as you have them. If you have an insurance benefit for hearing aids, it is rare for the insurance benefit to cover all costs. It’s common for you to add money out-of-pocket to pay the difference.
Historically audiologists sold hearing aids using a single price, bundled, that reflected the cost of the hearing aids and the services to fit including follow-up and routine service. It was easy for the consumer to understand that after purchasing hearing aids, all their follow-up and services were included in the single price for the life of the fitting. The average life of a hearing aid fitting is five to seven years. During the last 5 years, insurance companies asked audiologists to unbundle hearing aid pricing. Patients accustomed to bundled pricing find unbundling confusing. For more information about unbundling, see my blog titled: Unbundled Hearing Aid PricingLeave a reply