OK! Update! I am so excited I may even have a typo or two in this post! I just got back from my new audi gal. While I’m super happy with my Phonak Marvel aids, I’ve SO LONGED for aids that would allow me to jump in the water like a 7-yr-old and squeal with FUN!
So! I am going to be the new “guinea pig” at this clinic and get the Phonak Audeo Life aids! They’re due in on 7th July, and knowing my discriminatory hearing, I bet in I’ll either LOVE them or RETURN them in 6 hours. I’m excited that these aids are built on the newer Paradise platform, but they are only available in the rechargeable format (which I’m not really a fan of).
I was told that while the behind-ear piece is very water resistant (sealed, coated, just about impossible to soak as even Dr Cliff reports), even the speaker has been coated, so IN THEORY I should not have any trouble if I swim for half an hour with them on, or jump in the ocean for a bit, or even do a canonball into my pool IF it’s ever finished and filled with water. So it’s this SUPER DUPER water-repellant/resistant coating and care that boost the typical IP68 rating on these aids. We shall see!
I will report back here on the performance of these aids. If they work out, I’ll keep the battery-operated Marvels for daily use and use the rechargeable Audeo Life for water sports and/or non-travel use when recharging wouldn’t be an issue. I don’t know if I’d ever feel comfy relying on rechargeable aids for long trips, and I’d certainly have my battery-operated Marvels for backup in my purse at all times.