Phonak Hearing Aids
Models, Features, Prices, and Reviews
Updated 29 December 2020
Phonak is the world’s largest hearing aid brand. Founded in 1947 in Zurich, Phonak quickly emerged as a leading developer of early electronic hearing aids. In 1985, after acquiring multiple additional hearing aid brands, it took on the name Phonak Holding AG and subsequently moved its headquarters to Stäfa, Switzerland. In 2007, the holding company renamed itself Sonova Holding AG, or Sonova Group.
Today, Phonak is Sonova Group's flagship brand, known not only as a market leader but also as an innovator in digital hearing aid products and technologies. In 2017, Phonak introduced the first hearing aid to feature a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery providing all-day power, the Audéo B-R. And in 2018 Phonak introduced the first full-featured Bluetooth hearing aid, the Audéo Marvel. Their latest product, Paradise, builds on the foundation of Marvel by adding an accelerometer for motion sensing and tap control.
2019: Phonak Bolero M
2018: Phonak Audéo Marvel, Phonak Naída B
2017: Phonak Bolero B, Phonak Virto B
2016: Phonak Audéo B
2015: Phonak Bolero V
2014: Phonak Lyric 4, Phonak Lyric 3, Phonak Audéo V
2013: Phonak Naída Q
2012: Phonak Dalia, Phonak Virto Q, Phonak Audéo Q, Phonak Bolero Q
2009: Phonak Milo
Phonak recently launched their latest portfolio of products—Paradise—which is based on the new PRISM chip. The PRISM chip integrates multiple Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz communication protocols on a single chip enabling universal Bluetooth audio streaming and true hands-free calling.
The new Paradise line of hearing aids is arguably the best. Universal Bluetooth streaming, compatibility with Phonak’s next-generation of Roger wireless streaming devices, and robust lithium-ion rechargeable models means the Paradise offers the most well-rounded product family ever.
Phonak hearing aids range in price from $1,367 to $3,964 per device, depending on the model. Popular models include the Audéo P (Paradise), Audéo M (Marvel), Naída M, Bolero M, Virto M, and Lyric 3. Rechargeable models often cost around 5% more.
Phonak took many people by surprise in November 2018 when it launched Marvel, the first hearing aid capable of streaming audio—in stereo—directly to and from any Bluetooth-enabled audio device. Previously, no other hearing aid manufacturer had solved the technical challenges of universal Bluetooth connectivity. And in August 2020, Phonak introduced Paradise, which may be paired with up to 8 Bluetooth devices simultanously.
Before Phonak introduced Marvel, only iPhone users had exclusive access to hassle-free direct stereo streaming. Android users, on the other hand, had to purchase and tote around separate streaming accessories to access wireless audio, from their phones. With Android accounting for 86% of the global smartphone market, that left a clear unmet need that Phonak filled with Marvel.
To deliver binaural streaming of music and phone calls, Phonak developed the third generation of its SWORD wireless chip. It integrated all the communication protocols on a single hearing aid chip, which lessened power consumption and overcame battery life limitations of earlier chipsets. Phonak’s new PRISM chip goes even further by doubling the memory and enabling 8 paired devices and 2 active Bluetooth connections.
Phonak is also working closely with sister Sonova brand Advanced Bionics (AB) to integrate universal Bluetooth connectivity technology into cochlear implants sold by AB.
Phonak hearing aid prices
Phonak hearing aids range in price from $1,403 to $3,804 per device, depending on the model. Popular models include the Lyric 3, Audéo Marvel, Bolero M, Virto M, Naída M, and Audéo Paradise.
|Model||Average Price||Average Deal|
|Phonak Audéo Paradise P90||$3,685||$2,745|
|Phonak Audéo Paradise P70||$3,083||$2,321|
|Phonak Audéo Paradise P50||$2,423||$1,958|
|Phonak Audéo Paradise P30||$1,945||$1,434|
|Phonak Virto M M90||$3,544||$2,662|
|Phonak Virto M M70||$2,968||$2,103|
|Phonak Virto M M50||$2,545||$1,792|
|Phonak Virto M M30||$2,308||$1,428|
|Phonak Naída M M90||$3,804||$2,974|
|Phonak Naída M M70||$2,997||$2,345|
|Phonak Naída M M50||$2,353||$1,787|
|Phonak Naída M M30||$2,028||$1,403|
|Phonak Bolero M M90||$3,256||$2,533|
|Phonak Bolero M M70||$2,800||$2,156|
|Phonak Bolero M M50||$2,452||$1,882|
|Phonak Bolero M M30||$2,353||$1,707|
|Phonak Audéo Marvel M90||$3,687||$3,102|
|Phonak Audéo Marvel M70||$3,105||$2,396|
|Phonak Audéo Marvel M50||$2,574||$1,825|
|Phonak Audéo Marvel M30||$1,931||$1,872|
|Phonak Lyric 3||$2,129||$1,997|
Consumers save an average of $647 per device on Phonak hearing aids when using Hearing Tracker’s hearing aid discounts platform. Average retail prices are calculated based on data from Hearing Tracker’s advertising platform.
Rechargeable hearing aids
While rechargeable hearing aids have been available for many years, lithium-ion powered hearing aids have only been on the market since 2016, when Phonak introduced its Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aids. Previous generations of rechargeable hearing aids simply weren’t ready for prime time. Consumers experienced problems with short battery life, leading to less than one full day of power, and inconsistent power output, which caused hearing aids to malfunction on a regular basis.
The Phonak Mini Charger Case for Paradise comes with a modern USB-C charging port.
Advances in rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology have overcome those issues. Phonak reports that its new generation of rechargeable hearing aids can easily last a full day (up to 24 hours). Thanks to the consistent power output of the lithium-ion battery technology, users won’t experience any of the malfunctions or intermittence that limited older models.
Phonak Paradise R and R-T charging stats
- 3 hours to fully charge
- 30-minute charge for 6 hours of use
- 24 hours hours use time when fully-charged, including 80 minutes of streaming
- 16 hours hours use time with 4h Bluetooth streaming and 4h TV streaming.
- Batteries expected to last 6 years
Phonak hearing aid models
Phonak makes premium hearing aids, programmed by an audiologist or other hearing health professional based on the results of your hearing test. Phonak has a broad range of hearing aid models addressing all levels of hearing loss. They come in multiple form factors, with advanced Bluetooth and other connectivity features, and a family of accessories.
Audéo Marvel: Universal Bluetooth Connectivity
If you’re already familiar with Marvel, feel free to skip ahead to Audéo Paradise.
Based on Sonova's advanced SWORD chip technology, Phonak Audéo Marvel hearing aids were the first to enable wireless streaming of all audio content to both ears, in stereo, from Apple iPhones, Android smartphones, and countless Bluetooth devices.
The Marvel 2.0 technology launch in 2019 delivered improved Bluetooth connectivity, including binaural streaming and pairing with two Bluetooth devices at a time. It also introduced a more robust set of remote microphone and TV-streaming accessories with the next generation of Phonak’s popular Roger wireless accessories. Based on the company’s proprietary 2.4 GHz streaming technology, RogerDirect delivers significant advances in Marvel users' ability to understand speech in noise, especially from a distance.
Marvel 2.0 also makes it easier to pair Marvel hearing aids with two Bluetooth devices. Users of the original Marvel hearing aids noticed some issues when pairing with more than one Bluetooth device simultaneously. Phonak resolved the issue with Marvel 2.0. And the best part is that all original Marvel hearing aids are upgradeable to Marvel 2.0 with a simple firmware upgrade procedure at their hearing care provider’s office.
The Phonak Audéo Marvel RT, a rechargeable hearing aid with a telecoil, is the newest hearing aid in the Audéo Marvel family. Previously, the Audéo family included both a rechargeable model and a separate telecoil-enabled model, but not a model for customers who wanted both rechargeability and hearing-loop access.
Other Audéo Marvel family models include the rechargeable Audéo Marvel R; the Audeo Marvel 312 and Marvel 312 T, which run on size-312 disposable batteries; and Audéo Marvel 13 T, which runs on larger size-13 disposable batteries.
Phonak Audéo Marvel family hearing aids have delivered some noteworthy innovations, including:
- Stereo Bluetooth streaming - Streaming from iPhone, iPad, MacOS, Android, Windows, and any other Bluetooth-enabled audio device.
- Hands-free calling in stereo - True hands-free calling from Bluetooth-enabled phones and VOIP services like Skype.
- TV Streaming - Marvel can stream directly from Bluetooth-enabled TVs, and can also stream from the Phonak TV Connector accessory.
- Rechargeability - Marvel promises a full day of hearing aid use from a single charge of its lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
- At-home adjustments - Marvel hearing aids can be adjusted remotely by your hearing expert.
- Moisture protection - As with most Phonak hearing aids these days, Marvel hearing aids have a high IP68 rating.
- RogerDirect - Users can stream audio from Phonak's portable Roger remote microphone directly to their hearing aids.
- Phonak hearing aid technology - Phonak's AutoSense OS™ 3.0, developed with artificial intelligence (AI) helps users hear better in background noise.
- Smartphone app - myPhonak app provides access to remote support services enabling your hearing care professional to customize your personal listening experience in real-time.
Audéo Paradise: Marvel Successor
Audéo Paradise is the latest and greatest from Phonak. Launched in August 2020, Paradise offers all of the crowd favorites introduced in Marvel. You’ll still get universal Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free calling, lithitum-ion rechargeability, and access to Phonak’s full suite of wireless accessories. So what’s new in Paradise?
Paradise introduces 6 key upgrades when compared to Marvel:
- More Bluetooth connections - Paradise can pair with up to 8 Bluetooth devices and have 2 active Bluetooth connections. This makes switching between your two favorite devices much easier. Marvel only offered one active connection.
- Tap controls - You can double-tap the Paradise hearing aids to accept/end phone calls, pause/result streaming, and access voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.
- Motion sensing - A new ultra-low power accelerometer detects when you move and adjusts the hearing aid microphones and noise cancellation settings.
- Clearer speech in quiet settings - A new “Speech Enhancer” feature amplifies the peaks of soft speech to provide clearer speech when you’re in a quiet environment.
- Improved noise cancellation - Phonak is introducing “Dynamic Noise Cancellation”, which is an automated spatial noise cancellation system that works in combination with a directional beamformer microphone system.
- PRISM sound processing chip - The new chip offers double the memory and enables better Bluetooth connectivity.
I had a chance to personally test out the Paradise hearing aids prior to launch, and I wrote up my experiences in my article Phonak Paradise: First Impressions.
Audéo Paradise expert review
Audiologist and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, reviews the NEW Audéo Paradise hearing Aid.
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Bolero M: Marvel tech in a standard BTE
With the introduction of Marvel 2.0 technology, Phonak has also delivered a hearing aid for people with moderate to severe hearing losses who are better suited to a traditional behind-the-ear (BTE) solution. The new Bolero M aids offer the same universal Bluetooth streaming capabilities of other Marvel family hearing aids, but in a traditional BTE form factor.
Phonak Bolero M PR is a behind the ear hearing aid that has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button, water resistant coating, an ingress protection rating of IP68, and rechargeable batteries. Phonak says the batteries are engineered to last at least six years. The Bolero M M offers the same features in is a smaller form factor, but lacks rechargeability. The M M runs on a size 312 battery.
Virto M Titanium: Marvel in a custom IIC
Phonak Virto Titanium is the world’s only mainstream custom hearing aid made of premium medical-grade titanium. It is the smallest and most discreet custom hearing aid the company has ever produced. Manufactured with the latest 3D printing technology, Virto M-Titanium combines the superior strength and light weight of titanium with a comfortable fit in the ear canal.
The Virto M Black offers flexible Bluetooth connectivity, all-day battery life, and a multifunction smartphone app that facilitates on-the-go sound adjustments. It’s a winning combination that should make them well worth the added cost for those who need serious help with their hearing.
Virto M Black vs M Titanium
Virto M Black and Titanium are both based on the Marvel technology platform, meaning you are getting Phonak’s latest and greatest hearing technology. Virto M Black offers more battery life, wireless technology, and the option of an onboard volume control wheel, but doesn’t offer the IP68 rating offered by the Virto M-Titanium.
Compared to traditional acrylic, titanium shells are 15 times stronger and 50% thinner. A thinner shell allows for deeper placement in the ear canal, resulting in a more discreet fit. Virto M-Titanium is an ideal solution for first-time hearing aid wearers, 62% of whom prefer an invisible hearing aid.
While Virto M-Titanium delivers on discretion, there are a couple drawbacks. With a smaller size 10 battery, the hearing aids only last a few days of sound before dying. They also don’t include the popular wireless streaming and hands-free calling capabilities that you’ll find in other Marvel products. Lastly, you’ll be limited to just the MiniControl and the push button for adjusting the hearing aids. We would recommend the Virto M-Titanium for those who are looking for more a set-it-and-forget-it solution.
Virto M Black: The modern wearable
For those looking for a more full-featured custon-in-ear wireless solution, look no further than the Virto M Black. While Virto M Black looks a lot like a Bluetooth earbud you might pick up at Best Buy for a few hundred dollars, it’s actually a high-end programmable medical device.
Naída M: Marvel tech for profound loss
Phonak introduced its first power hearing aid for people with severe-to-profound deafness in 1978. The Phonak Naída M is the 6th generation of its power hearing solutions.
The Phonak Naída M features:
- Powerful, rich sound - Naída M comes with Phonak’s trademark sound processing technology: AutoSense OS™ 3.0 and Binaural VoiceStream Technology™. Phonak claims you the new technology reduces listening effort and improves memory recall in noise.
- Marvel connectivity - Connects to most modern Bluetooth devices, including Android and iOS smartphones, TVs (via the TV Connector accessory), and the whole suite of Roger wireless devices for improving speech understanding in noise. Phonak’s new PartnerMic is also an option.
- eSolutions - With myPhonak app, you can now connect remotely with your hearing care provider. The new app also allows you to control your hearing aids, switch programs, and interact with the hearing diary.
- Bimodal hearing - For those who use a cochlear implant in one ear, and a hearing aid in the other, the new Phonak Naída Link M works seamlessly with the new Naída CI Marvel sound processor.
Lyric invisible hearing aids
Placed completely out of sight in your ear canal near the eardrum by a trained professional, the Phonak Lyric 4 is an invisible hearing aid. It's worn round the clock for several months at a time through daily activities including exercise and showering. While traditional hearing aids capture and process sound outside of the ear, Lyric uses the natural anatomy of the ear to amplify and provide a full, natural listening experience.
Phonak Sky M: Marvel tech for kids
The Phonak Sky Marvel product family is designed for the special requirements of children with hearing loss. The Roger remote microphones with Marvel are a big help to children, who benefit from access to remote microphones both in the home and in classroom settings.
Phonak says it offers "the first and only operating system designed for children," with the Sky M products. And the Sky M lineup is available in a wide range of colors and sizes, so kids can mix and match colors to fit their preferences. Its rechargeable battery lasts all day, even while streaming.
For kids who use a cochlear implant in one ear, and a hearing aid in the other, the new Phonak Sky Link M works seamlessly with the new Sky CI Marvel sound processor.
CROS B for one-sided loss
In 2011, Phonak introduced the industry‘s first wireless CROS solution for single-sided deafness. Today's CROS B hearing aid, powered by Phonak Belong technology, detects your listening situation and switches to the best setting for it. It picks up sound reaching your deaf ear and transmits them wirelessly to the hearing aid in the ear with better hearing.
Phonak tinnitus solutions
The Phonak Tinnitus Balance Portfolio helps you manage the ringing, humming and buzzing sounds from tinnitus. Elements of the portfolio include a noise generator option for your hearing aids that distracts you from your tinnitus, a smartphone app that allows you to customize a library of in-ear sounds and music, and a separate accessory that streams sounds directly to your hearing aids.
Hearing aid accessories
Phonak provides a number of hearing aid accessories that improve hearing aid performance in challenging listening environments, while watching TV, when on the phone, and in numerous other ways. To learn which accessories work with the Phonak hearing aids you wear, consult with your hearing healthcare provider.
Paradise family accessories: myPhonak app, PartnerMic™ and RemoteControl
Unless otherwise noted, all Paradise (P) family hearing aids are compatible with the myPhonak app, PartnerMic™ and RemoteControl. In the Costco world, the PartnerMic™ is referred to as PartnerMic Easy Line, and RemoteControl is referred to as Remote Control Easy Line.
The myPhonak app allows you to access remote support, information about their hearing aids, and a hearing diary. The app also allows you to adjust the volume and pitch of your hearing aids, and change program settings.
Compatible hearing aids
Phonak ComPilot II and ComPilot
Phonak ComPilot II and ComPilot are multi-purpose neck-looped accessories. They transmit audio to your hearing aids directly from your Bluetooth phone, or from your TV via Phonak TVLink. They pair with other Bluetooth-enabled devices in addition to working with Phonak’s 2.4 GHz Roger family of remote wireless microphones. And they provide up to 24 hours of streaming time.
The second-generation transmits audio to Phonak hearing aids directly from Bluetooth phones, other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and from TV and remote microphones via Phonak 2.4 GHz accessories.
Compatible hearing aids
The ComPilot II works with Phonak Venture and Belong hearing aids. ComPilot works with hearing aids and Advanced Bionic cochlear implants based on earlier Phonak technology platforms. Consult with your provider to find out which works with yours.
Phonak ComPilot Air II and ComPilot Air
The wireless Phonak ComPilot Air streams audio in stereo while connecting Phonak hearing aids via Bluetooth to a variety of sources, including cell phones, MP3 players, tablets, laptops and computers. Unlike the ComPilot and ComPilot II, which hang from your neck, it is completely wireless and doesn’t require a neck-loop. So it can be clipped to your collar or lodged in your shirt pocket.
ComPilot Air II
Transmits audio to Phonak hearing aids directly from Bluetooth phones, other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and from TV and remote microphones via Phonak 2.4 GHz accessories. ComPilot Air has less battery life than ComPilot but does not require a neck-loop.
Compatible hearing aids
Like the other ComPilot products, ComPilot Air and ComPilot Air II can be used with Phonak TVLink for TV audio, or with Phonak RemoteMic for better understanding over distance. The ComPilot Air II works with Phonak Venture and Belong hearing aids, and ComPilot Air works with hearing aids based on earlier Phonak technology platforms. Consult with your provider to find out which works with yours.
Used in combination with ComPilot or ComPilot Air, Phonak TVLink connects to your TV and transmits audio to your Phonak hearing aids—turning them into wireless stereo headphones. Streaming starts as soon as TVLink and the connected audio source are switched on, and it transmits at distances of up to 100 feet (30 meters).
Phonak offers a strong portfolio of wireless accessories and apps. The wireless Roger portfolio is particularly innovative, with devices like the Roger Table Mic II being standouts in the industry. Multiple Table Mics can be connected to create a network and with a range of more than 20 meters (65 ft). Here are some of our favorites:
Clipped onto the speaker’s clothing, Phonak RemoteMic transmits the speaker’s voice directly to both hearing aids via a ComPilot or ComPilot Air over a distance of up to 66 feet (20 meters).
Compatible hearing aids
Roger Table Mic II
Phonak Roger Table Mic II is a microphone dedicated for working adults who participate in various meetings. It selects the person who’s talking and switches automatically between the meeting participants.
Compatible hearing aids
Roger Table Mic II – Wireless microphones for better hearing at work
Roger Table Mic II is a microphone dedicated for working adults with hearing loss who participate in various meetings. Simply placed on the table it selects the person who’s talking and switches automatically between the meeting participants. Multiple Roger Table Mic II can be connected to create a network, making it ideal for large meeting configurations.
Handy microphone for various listening situations. Thanks to its portable design, it can be conveniently used where additional support is needed over distance and in noise. It can also transmit the sound of multimedia devices e.g. T.V. and has wideband Bluetooth for cellphone calls.
Compatible hearing aids
Phonak DECT is a cordless phone that connects automatically and wirelessly with Phonak hearing aids. It can also be used by anyone with normal hearing not wearing hearing aids. Up to six handsets can be connected to the base, making the phone useful for small offices. Each handset works within 950 feet (300 meters) of the base station.
Compatible hearing aids
The Phonak RemoteControl smartphone app provides remote control of Phonak hearing aids. Used in combination with ComPilot or ComPilot Air, it is compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones.
Compatible hearing aids