WOOOoOooOOOO! Today has been a day of DISCOVERY for me! I wanted to share what works for Phonak Marvels + MacBook Pro (2019 or newer) in terms of pairing & connecting to my Marvel aids:
Connecting to my own laptop: NO TV Connector is needed anymore! Apparently, these newer Macs have something built in so you can just pair your aids with the laptop via:
- Under your Mac’s System Preferences, open Bluetooth
- Now take your aids OUT, open/shut the battery door, and let them sit near the laptop till they’re “found”.
- The app window should show they’re “Connected”. If not, repeat process - but be patient, cuz it may take almost a minute to get them paired up to the laptop initially.
- ALSO: you may need to re-connect these if you’ve got other devices paired up with the aids - at least that is my experience as I’m paired up with my Samsung S6 cell phone, too.
The good news is that ONLY YOU will be able to hear the audio when you stream this way. Donate your TV Connector if you’ve been using this device forever connected to the laptop as I (in ignorance!) have been. You don’t NEED it for newer Macs.
Connecting to a shared laptop: Many times hubs & I will watch a show together on his laptop. Now I can stream to that device while he can hear the sound through the laptop’s speakers. For this one, you’ll need a Bluetooth (BT) dongle - like the Sennheiser BT 500 USB dongle I just got tonight from Amazon.com.
- Plug the dongle into a USB A-to-C adapter if needed (which it will be for newer Macs).
- The blue light on the Sennheiser dongle will flash, then stay ON once it’s paired with your aids. This may take a good minute or so, so be patient.
- Under your Mac’s System Preferences, go to Sound, where you’ll see the Sennheiser in the list under Output devices
- Select that as your sound Output and you should be able to stream audio to your aids while AT THE SAME TIME your partner can hear the audio through the Mac’s speakers.
Hope that makes sense.