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The Phonak Marvel and Marvel 2.0 Range

In November 2018 Phonak brought our their "Marvel" range of hearing aids. This is Phonak's flagship range with the top product in the range being the M90 or Marvel 90.

Lower specification models, the M70, M50 and M30 are also available and all of them contain the full Bluetooth functionality.

You may also have been told about a Marvel 2.0 range available from October 2019. This adds a few new models and a software update - more about this below.

Our View

We have a lot of customers with Phonak Marvel hearing aids, they have been incredibly popular since they came out, however they do not necessarily suit everyone. We find Marvel to be a bit of a mixed bag, they are a must have if you have an Android phone and want it to stream directly to your hearing aids without having to wear a clip on Bluetooth accessory. They make a good rechargeable battery and they look nice and are easy to use. 

Whilst the Phonak Marvel is undoubtedly a reliable hearing aid, there is something of a question mark over how effective they are in social occasions or other scenarios where background noise can be an issue. At time of writing it's coming up on 5 years (yes you read that right) since Phonak made any hardware improvements to the parts of their hearing aid that actually help you to hear better. Yes, they can make hearing aids out of titanium now, yes they are good at the Bluetooth aspects, but for me, the main focus of a hearing aid should always be about making you hear better.

Phonak Marvel Range

 Marvel 2.0 changes

At launch, Marvel had several different receiver in canal (RIC) variants, including a rechargeable one. Missing from the range were a rechargeable RIC that also had a telecoil and a BTE hearing aid that could be connected to a mould or a slim tube. These models are available from October 2019.

Until now, Marvel was not compatible with the popular Roger range of accessories. This has been remedied. 

There have always been issues with the linking of phones and other Bluetooth devices to the aids. You could only ever have one device paired with them at a time. If you wanted to use something different you had to un-pair the first one and start from scratch. This was very clunky in practice and frustrated many users. There has been a small fix to this, you can now pair two  Bluetooth devices to the aids, but only one will work at a time. In other words, if you have two phones paired to the hearing aids, you have to choose which one will be active, if the other one rings suddenly, it won't recognise it. Likewise if you have your hearing aids paired directly to a Bluetooth TV and to your phone, you have to turn one off to use the other. Not ideal, but a lot better than before.

After October 20th, all Marvel hearing aids will be Marvel 2.0 hearing aids, even if you bought them a year before. All you need to do is see your audiologist and they will run a software update and voila! You have a 2.0 instrument, no need to buy anything new.

M 312 Test

 

 What they look like

This is a picture of the Marvel model that takes the small 312 battery. All of the RIC models look fairly alike, however the 312 is the slimmest and nicest looking one.

MRT Test

This is a rechargeable Marvel. As you can see, it is a little more bulbous than the one above.

Are there any custom in-ear models?

No, if you are looking for in-ear Phoank aids then you need to look at the previous range, the Phonak Belong or Phonak Titanium.

Watch the Phonak Marvel Video Below

£1595
per aid
£2695
per pair
£1595
per aid
£2695
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1595
per aid
£2695
per pair

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range
£1395
per aid
£2295
per pair
£1395
per aid
£2295
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1395
per aid
£2295
per pair

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range
£1095
per aid
£1995
per pair
£1095
per aid
£1995
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1095
per aid
£1995
per pair

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range
£895
per aid
£1695
per pair
£895
per aid
£1695
per pair
Tech Rating:
£895
per aid
£1695
per pair

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

Understanding the similarities and differences across all models

 All Phonak Marvel models have the following features:

Phonak Marvel

Phonak Marvel M90

The Phonak Marvel M-90 is the top-of-the-line offering in this model family, offering only the latest technology and highest-quality hearing experience.

 In addition to the features present in the previous models, it also boasts:

  • 20 adjustment bands
  • Premium-level Ultrazoom

 This model also has features not present in any of the previous models, including:

  • Speech in Loud Noise:  Finds and amplifies the most important voice in a noisy environment, improving speech comprehension.
  • Speech in Car:  Lowers the effect of car noise to reduce listening effort.
  • Speech in Echo:  Helps make echo-laden speech more comfortable to hear.
  • Comfort in Echo:  Help reduce the effects of reverberation further.

Phonak Marvel M70

The Phonak Marvel M-70 is a powerful hearing aid and is second only to the Marvel M-90 in terms of technological features.

 In addition to the features present in the previous models, it also boasts:

  • 16 adjustment bands
  • Advanced-level Ultrazoom

 This model also has features not present in the previous models, including:

  • Speech in 360 degrees:  Automatically finds the direction speech sounds and streams this to the other ear, allowing the ability to hear without the need to face the speaker.
  • WindBlock:  A powerful algorithm that reduces wind noise.
  • SoundRelax:  Identifies sudden sounds and lowers the volume without affecting the clarity of speech.

See specifications of Phonak Marvel M50 and M30 below

Phonak Marvel

Phonak Marvel M50

The Phonak Marvel M-50 hearing aid is a definite step up in technology from the Marvel M-30.  

 In addition to the features mentioned above, it also boasts:

  • 12 adjustment bands
  • Standard-level Ultrazoom

 This model also has features not present in the 110, including:

  • Comfort in Noise: Actively reduces noise for increased comfort when no speech is present.
  • SNR – Boost:  Scans the environment to find the direction of noise and applies another layer of noise cancellation
  • DuoPhone:  As soon as the phone is held to the ear, the caller's voice is immediately streamed to the other ear.
  • Real Ear Sound:  Mimics the performance characteristics of the pinna, which improves sound perception.
  • Environmental Balance:  Lets you adjust the volume of the streamed signal against what you hear in the environment by pressing the volume control. 

Phonak Marvel M30

The Phonak Marvel M-30 hearing aid is considered the entry-level model.

 In addition to the features mentioned above, it also boasts:

  • 8 adjustment bands:  The number of frequency-divided sections that can amplify certain sounds over others.
  • Essential-level Ultrazoom:  Directional microphones that hone in on speech sounds in noisy environments.

 

Phonak Marvel Audeo Technology and specification comparison

Price
£1,595
£1,395
£1,095
£895
AutoSense OS 3.0:
Calm Situation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Speech in Noise
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comfort in Noise
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Music
Yes
Yes
No
No
Speech in Loud Noise
Yes
No
No
No
Speech in Car
Yes
No
No
No
Speech in Echo
Yes
No
No
No
Streamed Speech
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Streamed Music
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Additional Programs:
Max. Additional Programs
3
3
3
3
Comfort in Echo
Yes
No
No
No
Speech in Loud Noise
Yes
Yes
No
No
Speech in 360 degrees
Yes
Yes
No
No
Speech in Noise
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calm Situation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comfort in Noise
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Music
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Acoustic Phone
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Program
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Streaming Programs:
Roger + Mic
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Phone + Mic
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Features:
UltraZoom
Premium
Advanced
Standard
Essential
SNR - Boost
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
DuoPhone
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
SoundRecover2
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
User Preference Tuning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Real Ear Sound
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Finetuning Channels
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WhistleBlock
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NoiseBlock
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WindBlock
Yes
Yes
No
No
EchoBlock
Yes
No
No
No
SoundRelax
Yes
Yes
No
No
QuickSync
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
AOV
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Auto Acclimatisation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Environmental Balance
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
This article was written by Paul Harrison

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