It offers the ability to make Hearing Aid Bluetooth Specific settings changes in the MFi Hearing Aids section of the iPhone. It also allows for connection to both hearing aids instead of connecting to just one hearing aid and routing the audio to the opposite hearing aid for stereo sound, not that it matters. What it doesn't allow you to do is be completely hands free with your phone. MFi and ASHA, you still need to speak into the phone's microphone where with the Marvel, your hearing aid microphones pick up your own voice.
I have not identified any significant differences between battery life in Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. I have patients in both and so far I have not had anyone completely drain their batteries even with several hours of audio streaming per day.
If my patients have an iPhone I really prefer the MFi hearing devices at this time as they have way better apps (especially with Widex and Resound) than the basic up and down volume of the other aids that are "made for all". I also like the connectivity better, and the fact that it uses the iPhone's mic is actually much better in my opinion as sometimes too much background noise is heard otherwise with the ear level mics, although not in all cases. All in all you will likely love whatever you get but there are definitely some that outweigh others. -Dr. Elly Pourasef
If you are strictly looking at the Bluetooth connection to a cell phone, all products are all the same, however at this date not all are Android compatible. There are features that are specific to each manufacturer. For example, the Starkey Livio AI offers fall detection. Resound has an app that offers easy adjustability and great flexibility. Widex has fantastic music processing. Signia offers a uniquely shaped device. Oticon's new S series does amazing in noise. Phonak was the first to connect to Android. The list goes on. You can't go wrong with any of them.
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