14 March 2019
Phonak Audéo Marvel M90
Phonak Audéo Marvel R
I'm a 60 year old woman and I've worn hearing aids for the past 25 years. This is my first pair of Phonak. I have had Starkey, Resound, and Siemens in the past. This pair of Phonak Marvel 90 rechargeable has changed my life! I have worn them for over a month. I wanted to wait until I had worn them in every environment imaginable before I reviewed them.
First, I can pair with my Samsung Galaxy. I used to have to use a Siemens easyTEK to connect with my phone and television. It is a big disk-like device worn like a necklace around your neck. I rarely used it because it was awkward and uncomfortable to wear. Now I just turn on bluetooth on my phone and I'm ready to go all day long. For the first time I can work out to music while at the gym because I can stream from my phone right to my hearing aids. I didn't know what I was missing! The sound quality for phone calls is nothing short of amazing. I used to subscribe to voice mail to text through my cellular carrier because I could never hear my voice mail if I missed a call. That saves me a few $$ a month and I can hear my voice mail perfectly.
I have used a Siemens tv connector for many years, so I purchased the Phonak connector to go with these hearing aids. My eyes about popped out of my head the first time I heard it. It has Dolby, and the sound is phenomenal. I'm someone who enjoys watching television a little too much, so I probably qualify as an expert in this area. I highly recommend it.
Comfort--I have severe hearing loss in both ears and have always been told I needed custom molds. I went to a different audio this time because I moved to a different state. He just had me wear Phonak domes straight out of the package. I was skeptical, but I have had absolutely no feedback since using them. The whistling, squealing, annoying sounds I used to get sometimes with custom domes are gone. You know how on a really windy day you can get that awful wind noise? I don't anymore. Even better, these domes are much more comfortable than my custom domes. I can hardly tell I'm wearing them.
Rechargeable--This is the first time I've had rechargeables, and boy do I LOVE them! I used to carry batteries everywhere. I'd have a package in the car, one in my purse, in my gym bag--everywhere. Ever tried to change a tiny hearing aid battery in a kayak in the middle of a river or lake? Not easy. It's so nice to not have to worry about having batteries on hand. The rechargeable batteries have been more than adequate. I don't do a ton of streaming, but I can go to the gym for an hour (streaming music) and watch several hours of television if I want to and still have 60% left over at the end of the day. (I wear them approximately 16 hours a day).
I saved the best for last. How do they sound? AMAZING! Sound quality is superb. The sound is natural, not just amplified. Speech recognition is vastly improved. I have a much easier time hearing what people are saying to me, which saves me the embarrassment of having to ask them to repeat themselves.
Hearing in loud environments is a lot less challenging. The first week I had them my husband and I went to a noisy brew pub one evening. A loud band was playing. My husband asked me to repeat myself several times because he had trouble hearing, but I could hear him just fine over all the noise. That's a first!
I can easily hear conversation, and even the radio while riding in the car. This is amazing.
The reason I can hear better in what used to be difficult situations is Phonak's autosense. Autosense automatically adjusts to fit your listening environment, so a word about that. The first time I experienced autosense it surprised me. I have a fireplace at home that has a fan on it. I live in a cold climate, so most of the winter the fan is near-constant background noise. My husband started talking, and the hearing aids suppressed the sound of the fan and I could hear what was being said to me. Same with talking on the phone with Bluetooth. As soon as your call connects, background noise is suppressed, allowing you to hear clearly on the phone. The same is true with the tv connector. Background noise is suppressed and you can hear your tv program. Now I don't have to turn off the fireplace fan to hear the television.
You will still be able to hear background noise in all these situations, but it will be greatly reduced.
I can see how these automatic adjustments may bother some people. The aids tend to focus on sound coming at your face, so if someone is talking to you from behind, you may need to turn around to hear them clearly. This may be remedied by having the audio add a special program to your hearing aid. It's not that bothersome to me, but it's something to keep in mind.
A word to those having problems with their earing aids. First of all, give them time. It may take awhile for your brain to adjust to them. As someone who has worn hearing aids for many years, I give my brain time to process the new sounds it is hearing, and so far it hasn't failed me. I also believe that any discomfort or hearing aid problems can probably be corrected by a good audiologist. Don't be afraid to try different domes, and please, if you're having trouble hearing, ask your audiologist to adjust or add additional programs to your hearing aids. Any audiologist worth his salt should be happy to do this!