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The Phonak Marvel 90 range

Phonak hearing aids are renowned for quality and reliability and their latest premium range is the Marvel 90 range of digital hearing aids. They feature Phonak's latest high-performance technology and are designed to provide you with an outstanding listening experience. They are available in Receiver In Canal Models (Audeo) and BTEs (Bolero) and we expect customs to follow sometime next year. They have been exceptionally well received by both users and professionals alike and in October 2019 they reached their millionth Marvel fitted.

I have worn the 90 level of technology and found it to be excellent, you can read my review of the Audeo Marvel 90 here. The Marvel 90 is an excellent offering from Phonak and it offers the pinnacle of current Phonak technology. During the short life of the Marvel, Phonak have had some issues with it, but they have been very quick to fix them. Using the Marvel is a joy and answering the phone by simply touching the button on the hearing aid never gets old. If you are looking for a solid top of the range set of hearing aids, the Marvel 90 is worthy of your attention.

So what have they got to offer,

  • Newly designed models
  • Water-resistant and dust-tight
  • New rechargeable options
  • Stereo streaming from any Bluetooth enabled device

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Meet The Brand New Audeo Marvel 90 Hearing Aids

Phonak Made For Any Phone

The Audeo Marvel 90 is their latest range of Receiver In Canal Made For Any Phone hearing aids. The devices have been exceptionally successful since their release. Phonak rolled out an upgrade to the devices during the summer of 2019 which they called Marvel 2.0. It increased the functionality of the devices and delivered a direct connection to Roger devices.

Phonak Audeo Marvel

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Audeo Marvel 90 Hearing Aids

The Audeo range was the first part of the Marvel platform to be introduced. The Marvel Audeo 90 family is made up of five hearing aids of which two are Lithium-Ion powered rechargeable hearing aids. The smallest traditional Zinc Air battery size is the 312.

Multi-functional and Feature Rich Hearing Aids

These hearing devices are hugely multi-functional and feature-rich. The Marvel contains probably every single one of the current headline features in the hearing aid world, and they have even thrown in some new ones, here’s the quick list:

  • Stereo Bluetooth streaming: Stereo streaming from any Bluetooth enabled device, that means iPhone, iPad, laptops, computers, Macs, Android phones, Windows phones, hell any Bluetooth-enabled phone.
  • Real Hands-free calling in stereo: Like the Audeo B-direct, the Marvel offers true hands-free calling from Bluetooth-enabled phones and VOIP services like Skype, except, to both hearing aids.
  • TV Streaming: Marvel can stream directly from Bluetooth-enabled TVs, and can also stream from the Phonak TV Connector accessory.
  • Rechargeability: They say both Marvel rechargeables will deliver a full day of hearing aid use from a single charge.
  • Remote adjustments: Marvel hearing aids can be adjusted remotely by your hearing expert.
  • New App Eco-System: Brand new apps to make life easier and engage the consumer in the process.
  • RogerDirect: This is really fascinating, for the first time, users will be able to stream from Roger devices directly to their hearing aids.
  • Full Phonak Feature Set: The Marvel will offer full and up to date inter-ear features.

Audeo Marvel 90 Prices

We would expect the Audeo Marvel 90 range to be sold at prices from £1700.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €2400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $2400.00 to $3200.00 in the USA. Just to be clear, we don't set prices here and they differ from Practice to Practice across the World so our expectations aren't binding, they are just a guess and some research. Always remember, we all like to shop around, but always be clear about what is being delivered. You will need care and support, make sure you will get it. You will also need your hearing aid validated or verified to get the best experience, paying a little more to ensure your experience is good, is not wasted money. That's our price rant for the day over, let's talk about the devices.

The Audeo Marvel 90 Hearing Aid Models

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Audeo Marvel 90-R

Audeo B90-Direct RIC hearing aid

The Audeo Marvel 90-R is Phonak's latest premium rechargeable Made For Any Phone hearing aid, it is quite discreet and can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. The device will connect directly to any Bluetooth enabled Mobile phone and will stream phone calls and audio in stereo.

from £1700.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €2400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $2400.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

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Audeo Marvel 90-312

Audeo Marvel 312 RIC hearing aid

The Audeo Marvel 90-312 is a very small RIC device which uses a size 312 battery, it is quite discreet and can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. It doesn't have a telecoil although as always it is a wireless device. The device will connect directly to any Bluetooth enabled Mobile phone and will stream phone calls and audio in stereo.

from £1700.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €2400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $2400.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

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Audeo Marvel 90-312 T

Audeo B90-312 RIC hearing Aid

The Audeo Marvel 90-312T is a small RIC device which uses a 312 battery, it is still very discreet and can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. This device will have a telecoil. The device will connect directly to any Bluetooth enabled Mobile phone and will stream phone calls and audio in stereo.

from £1700.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €2400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $2400.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Phonak

Audeo Marvel 90-13T

Audeo B90-312 RIC hearing Aid

The Audeo Marvel 90-13T is a RIC device that will use a size 13 battery. It will be slightly bigger than the 312, but still pretty discrete. It can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. The device will connect directly to any Bluetooth enabled Mobile phone and will stream phone calls and audio in stereo.

from £1700.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €2400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $2400.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Phonak

Audeo Marvel 90-RT

Audeo Marvel RT RIC hearing Aid

The Audeo Marvel 90-RT is a rechargeable RIC hearing aid which will have a telecoil. It can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. The device will connect directly to any Bluetooth enabled Mobile phone and will stream phone calls and audio in stereo.

from £1700.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €2400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $2400.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Meet The Brand New Bolero Marvel 90 Hearing Aids

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Bolero Marvel 90 Range

The Bolero Marvel 90 range is the latest premium level range of Behind The Ear hearing aids from Phonak. It consists of just two hearing aid models, The Bolero Marvel 90 M and the Bolero Marvel 90 PR. Both devices really only cover hearing losses up to moderate to severe. The Bolero Marvel 90 range shares all of the great features and technology that the Audeo Marvel 90 offers. The Bolero offers the Marvel 2.0 upgrade as well which allows direct connection to Roger Devices.

Bolero Marvel Hearing Aid Prices

We would expect the Bolero Marvel 90 range to be sold at prices from £1700.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €2400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $2400.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Bolero Marvel 90 M

Bolero Marvel M with slimtube configuration

The Bolero Marvel 90 M is a pretty discrete mini BTE with a multi-functional button, not unlike the button used on the Audeo. The M can be fitted with a slim tube (which you can see above) or an ear hook for traditional tubing and ear mould. The M will cover hearing losses down to 75 dB in the low to 95 dB in the high frequencies. That, of course, depends on configuration, with the slim tube fitted, that reduces to 80 to 85 dB in the high frequencies. The M has all of the features of the Marvel platform with a direct connection to any Bluetooth mobile phones and  Roger devices. However, the M does not have a telecoil onboard so a connection to a Loop System is out.

Bolero Marvel 90 PR

Bolero Marvel PR with slim tube fitted

The Bolero Marvel 90 PR is slightly larger than the M, but it is still relatively discrete. It uses the same multi-functional button as the smaller M. The PR is a  lithium-ion powered rechargeable hearing aid can be fitted with a slim tube (which you can see above) or an ear hook for traditional tubing and ear mould. The PR will cover hearing losses down to 80 dB in the low to 100 dB in the high frequencies. That, of course, depends on configuration, with the slim tube fitted, that reduces to 70 in the low and 90 dB in the high frequencies.

The PR has all of the features of the Marvel platform with a direct connection to any Bluetooth mobile phones and  Roger devices. It also has a telecoil onboard so it can be used to connect to a Loop System. Phonak say that you will get a full day of use out of one charge and use time is similar to the Audeo.

Phonak Marvel 90 Hearing Aid Features and Programmes

Phonak Marvel 90 hearing aids recognise and automatically adapt to more of your listening situations than ever before. The range will run on the new improved AutoSense OS 3.0. At this level of technology has nine automatic programmes that seamlessly blend together to give you the best hearing possible. You also get five extra manual programs to work with for maximum fine tuning for different situations.

Automatic programs:

  • Comfort in Echo: Recognises the frequency of any reverberation and applies the appropriate amount of gain reduction, resulting in less distortion, making speech more comfortable.
  • Speech in Car: Reduces broadband noise in the car to create a stable listening environment for easy communication, reduced effort.
  • Speech in Loud Noise: Zooms in on a single voice in a diffuse noisy environment, improving speech intelligibility. The program’s key feature. StereoZoom, now adapts to moving and asymmetric noise sources, improving speech intelligibility by up to 60%.  
  • Music: Offers an expanded dynamic range, slow compression speed and more gain for a fuller and richer music experience.
  • Comfort in Noise: Actively reduces noise for increased comfort when no speech is present.
  • Speech in Noise: Adapts and reduces noise from behind in real time and applies and optimises the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in noisy environments.
  • Calm Situation: Provides optimal gain for speech understanding and listening comfort when engaging in one-on-one conversations in quiet.
  • New Streamed Speech Programme
  • New Streamed Music Programme

Manual programs:

  • Up to 3 manual programmes
  • Comfort in Echo: Recognises the frequency of any reverberation and applies the appropriate amount of gain reduction, resulting in less distortion, making speech more comfortable.
  • Speech in Loud Noise: Zooms in on a single voice in a diffuse noisy environment, improving speech intelligibility. The program’s key feature. StereoZoom, now adapts to moving and asymmetric noise sources, improving speech intelligibility by up to 60%.  
  • Music: Offers an expanded dynamic range, slow compression speed and more gain for a fuller and richer music experience.
  • Comfort in Noise: Actively reduces noise for increased comfort when no speech is present.
  • Speech in Noise: Adapts and reduces noise from behind in real time and applies and optimises the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in noisy environments.
  • Calm Situation: Provides optimal gain for speech understanding and listening comfort when engaging in one-on-one conversations in quiet.
  • Speech in 360º: Automatically selects the direction of speech and streams this to the other ear, improving speech intelligibility without the need to face the speaker.
  • Acoustic phone: The key feature DuoPhone streams the signal in real time to the other ear so the caller's voice is heard in both ears with an average benefit of 3.1 dB SNR.
  • Custom Programme: A custom programme that can be set up by your hearing care professional

Signature features:

  • UltraZoom Premium: UltraZoom is the adaptive multi-channel beamforming technology, which improves speech intelligibility within noisy situations.
  • EchoBlock: EchoBlock improves listening experience in reverberant environments like large assembly halls, places of worship and rooms with reflective surfaces.
  • StereoZoom: Zooms in on a single voice in a diffuse noisy environment, improving speech intelligibility by up to 60%.
  • ZoomControl: Automatically selects the direction of speech and streams this to the other ear, improving speech intelligibility without the need to face the speaker.
  • SoundRelax: SoundRelax cushions otherwise unpleasant impulse sounds without affecting speech clarity or causing unnatural perception of other sounds.
  • WindBlock: WindBlock utilizes a wind identification and classification system, that automatically and adaptively suppresses wind noise.
  • DuoPhone: Improves understanding on the phone by automatically streaming the caller's voice to the other ear, so that the voice is heard in both ears simultaneously.
  • FlexControl: FlexControl personalises AutoSense OS, transforming the simple action of turning a control up or down into a powerful adjustment tool.
  • Flex Volume: FlexVolume shapes the gain curve in a frequency dependent manner, resulting in increased clarity when more volume is required.
  • Real Ear Sound: Real Ear Sound simulates the performance characteristics of the pinna (outer ear). This restores localisation and the ability to experience natural sound perception.
  • SoundRecover2: The next generation of SoundRecover further improves audibility and utilises an adaptive frequency lowering algorithm.
  • Tinnitus Balance noise generator: The Tinnitus Balance noise generator generates a broadband sound for use in tinnitus management therapies.
  • WaterResistant: Phonak WaterResistant hearing aids are water, sweat, moisture and dust resistant.
  • WhistleBlock: WhistleBlock differentiates between naturally occurring feedback-like sounds and true feedback. This means increased audibility and sound quality that is free from annoying feedback.
  • SoundRecover2 compresses sounds from areas where hearing is most damaged, to an area with better hearing. 
  • NoiseBlock: Noise Block Processing is particularly effective at reducing uncomfortable environmental noise.
  • QuickSync: One touch on the program selection button or volume control results in instant identical change in the other instrument.
  • User Preference Tuning: Remembers adjustments you make with FlexControl and FlexVolume and applies them automatically for a hearing aid more in tune with your preferences.
  • auto Acclimatization: auto Acclimatization is used to automatically increase the your amplification, while you are using the device.
  • AOV: Acoustically Optimised Venting (AOV) reduces occlusion to the lowest level possible by optimising the fitting calculation.
  • 16 Finetuning Channels: Precision by your hearing aid can be customised to their specific hearing needs.

Made For Any Phone

While Made For iPhone hearing aids are well established, Phonak decided to go a different way with their mobile phone connectivity. They chose one that would give them a direct connection to any mobile phone. Phonak relied on the traditional Bluetooth protocol, which offered huge benefits. It meant that any hearing aid they produced would be technically able to connect to any Bluetooth enabled device, not just phones. That strategy also presented real technical difficulties. The first Made For Any Phone hearing devices did not offer stereo audio streaming of phone calls or any other audio. It also ensured that Phonak's quite famous ear to ear features did not work.

A New System, No Limits

The new Marvel platform does not have any of those limitations. The Marvel will allow users to experience stereo streaming audio from any Bluetooth enabled device, that includes most mobile phones available, computers, even some modern TVs. Marvel users can have that audio streaming with the full benefits of Phonak's ear to ear features (Binaural Voice Streaming Technology BVST for short). That all means an outstanding new hearing aid platform with no limitations.

More Than Just Audio Connection

The Bluetooth connection is being used for more than just audio streaming though. They will also use that same connection for data exchange between the mobile phone and the hearing aids. This ability offers much more benefits for consumers and professionals alike. The data exchange is the core of the new ability to remotely fine-tune the hearing aids in real-time and for the user to give day to day feedback with the new Hearing Diary. 

Remote Fine Tuning

The new remote fine-tuning system is excellent, a video calling system gives the same feeling of face to face interaction, just in a different way. While the remote support may not be for everyone, I think it will be welcomed by people who see it as a real alternative to in-clinic appointments

Speech To Text

They have also introduced a new speech to text app with the new products. The new app acts as a transcription system which allows users to read what is being said by the person on the other end of the phone. It works in real-time and thanks to hands-free phone calling you can carry on the conversation while you read the dialogue. The app will allow people with hearing loss extra help to understand people on their mobile phone.

RogerDirect Arrives

Phonak's Roger system is the Gold Standard in FM assistive devices for people with hearing loss. All Marvel hearing aids can now be upgraded to Marvel 2.0 so that the new RogerDirect™ system can be added to the hearing aids allowing Roger microphone equipment to stream directly to Marvel hearing aids without having to attach an external receiver. That is something special and it provides even better benefit for people in complex sound environments.

Stereo Bluetooth streaming

Marvel will directly stream stereo audio from any device capable of streaming audio via Bluetooth. This includes almost any device you can think of. You can connect it directly to your Android phone; you can connect it directly to your Mac Book or Windows laptop. You can even connect it directly to any Bluetooth enabled television. That is pretty amazing, that is a direct connection without any streamer. The quality of streaming audio is excellent; audio is full and clear. Music is warm and full, and phone calls are clear.

True Hands-Free Calling

The Marvel delivers true hands-free calling in stereo. You will hear your phone calls in both ears giving you a better chance at understanding what is being said. Hands-free means you don't need to touch your phone. Your phone can be up to thirty feet away. You simply hit the button on your hearing aid to answer the call.  

Versatile TV Streaming

Phonak TV Connector

While the Marvel hearing aids will connect directly to Bluetooth enabled TVs, Phonak has also introduced a new TV Streamer. The TV streamer allows low energy streaming offering great audio and reduced battery usage.

Phonak PartnerMic for Marvel Hearing Aids

Phonak PartnerMic

The PartnerMic is an easy-to-use, lapel worn microphone for one-to-one conversations in more complex sound environments. The device uses Phonak AirStream™ technology, which streams clear speech direct to Marvel hearing aids.

Where can you use it?

Pretty much anywhere that you want to hear your conversation partner clearly. So it is ideal for restaurants, pubs, busy cafes, the car, you name it.

Easy to set up and use

Phonak have made the device really simple to set up, you pair the PartnerMic with the hearing aids by simply switch it on and holding it close to the hearing aids. That's it, it's paired. Once you have paired it, the device works automatically when you turn it on.

Your partner simply wears it and it delivers their voice, direct to your hearing aids at the best signal to noise ratio possible. That means that you get the optimum chance to understand what is being said. The device gives you:

  • Up to 25-meter range between speaker and listener
  • 6 hours of use
  • 2 hours to recharge

Fully Featured Hearing Aids

As I said, these hearing aids aren't de-featured in any way. They include all of the latest Phonak features including their much-celebrated ear to ear features. They also have a brand new sound management system called Autosense 3.0 which recognises and automatically adapts to precisely match more listening situations than ever before. Autosense 3.0 also classifies streamed signals and will adapt how it works to better help you to hear the way you should. 

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