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Marvel Duo

The Phonak Marvel Audeo 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.

The Phonak Marvel 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 software update - more about this below.

New Phonak Marvel Hearing Aids 2020

A new Naida, stylish Virto Black and a new M-Titanium

Phonak Marvel Range Update:  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?

But, what does the Phonak Virto Black look like?

Phonak Virto Black

Calls with a touch of your hearing aid

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.

Virto Marvel

Phonak Virto at a glance

  • Clear, rich sound:  Gain from better speech understanding and less listening effort in challenging hearing situations. 
  • Great connectivity:  Phonak Virto M-312 hearing aids connect directly and seamlessly to either iOS or Android smartphones, Bluetooth devices and also benefit from hands-free calls.
  • Bespoke hearing:  With over 1600 data points in these devices - Biometric Calibration allows for your unique ear anatomy to custom-make your hearing aid.  Enabling you to wear with confidence knowing you'll be comfortable and your devices will be discreet.
  • Stylish:  A new black and hearable-style modern design.

You can read about the Phonak Virto Black launch here for additional information.

Phonak Marvel Range

 Phonak Marvel 2.0 Changes

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.

M 312 Test

Phonak Marvel Colours

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.

Phonak Marvel Models

The styles available:  312, 312T, 13T, R and RT.

 What Does Marvel 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 in Phonak Marvel?

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.

Phonak Marvel Price

In this Phonak range, the prices start from £895 per aid and £1695 per pair.  Please view our product listing below.

Phonak Marvel Hearing Aids - 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.

Watch the Phonak Marvel Video Below

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

  

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

  

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable at no extra charge.

Phonak Marvel Full Range

 

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE

4 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.

 Features:

  • 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.

 Features:

  • 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.  

 Features:

  • 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.

 Features:

  • 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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