Itemization (Unbundling)

Making hearing aids affordable.

The classic model of hearing aid sales is the bundled model. This means that the hearing aid price and all services are included in one lump sum. Although this model may seem appealing, it may result in patients paying for services never rendered.

The itemized (unbundled) model is recommended by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA).

 

BUNDLED

UNBUNDLED

Hearing Aid Cost

Cost includes hearing aid price, professional fitting fee, and service package (typically 2-3 years)

Cost includes hearing aid price and professional fitting fee.

Mobility of service

Service package limited to dispensing clinic.

Services can be provided by any clinician. Conducive for traveling.

Cost of routine maintenance

No charge for duration of service plan.

Charges apply for any services rendered.

Rationale

Bundled plans are an all-inclusive, peace of mind way of purchasing hearing aids and professional services.

Unbundled plans allow patients to only pay for services needed and help keep the up-front costs lower.

 

The Itemized model is also endorsed by the Hearing Loss Association of America. If you are interested in learning more about itemization, please check out this article : Unbundling: A Way to Make Hearing Aids More Affordable?