| August 2020 Update: The Marvel has now been superseded by the Phonak Audeo Paradise (this excludes Virto Black and Naida models).
You may also have been told about a Marvel 2.0 range available from October 2019. This adds a few new models and software update - more about this below.
In February 2020, along with a new M-Titanium and updated Naida model, Phonak launched their new custom-made hearing aid - The Phonak Virto Black. The M-Titanium is a clever addition to their B-Titanium range - offering the latest innovation in super discreet custom hearing aids made from titanium, using Marvel technology instead of the Belong.
The Phonak Virto Black includes their famous Marvel Technology, advanced Bluetooth connectivity and easy hands-free streaming. The main pull here is the stylish black design of this model, which replicates the modern and popular hearables in today's market.
Phonak Virto Black enables seamless connectivity to the world - compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones as well as other audio devices. Your hearing is enhanced by the 16 hearing performance features that improve your listening experience and a microprocessor chip with 5 wireless protocols combining the following:
The Phonak Virto Black was designed to challenge the stigmas behind hearing aids and help improve the statistics of those who seek audiology treatment for their hearing loss early. But, does it suppress those stigmas? What does it offer the wearer?
Phonak Virto Blacks wearers can benefit from picking up, ending or rejecting calls with a touch of their devices - whilst their phones are elsewhere. The powerful Virto Black's microphones enable completely hands-free calls, as their hearing aids act as wireless headsets - resulting in hands-on control for consumers and easier communication.
You can read about the Phonak Virto Black launch here for additional information.
At launch, Marvel had several different receiver in canal (RIC) variants, including a rechargeable one. Missing from the range was 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.
The colours available in the Phonak Audeo Marvel range are sandalwood, alpine white, chestnut, graphite grey, velvet black, silver grey, sand beige, beige and champagne.
The styles available: 312, 312T, 13T, R and RT.
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.
This is a rechargeable Marvel. As you can see, it is a little more bulbous than the one above.
Yes, there is, but only recently. In February 2020 Phonak launched their Virto Black custom in-ear hearing aids. Before then, they only offered ones from their previous ranges, the Phonak Belong or Phonak Titanium.
In this Phonak range, the prices start from £895 per aid and £1695 per pair. Please view our product listing below.
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.
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.
This model also has features not present in any of the previous models, including:
The Phonak Marvel M-70 is a powerful hearing aid and is second only to the Marvel M-90 in terms of technological features.
This model also has features not present in the previous models, including:
See specifications of Phonak Marvel M50 and M30 below
The Phonak Marvel M-50 hearing aid is a definite step up in technology from the Marvel M-30.
This model also has features not present in the 110, including:
The Phonak Marvel M-30 hearing aid is considered the entry-level model.
Do not spend hundreds of pounds without getting a second opinion from us.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.