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.
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.
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.
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.
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.