Kate and I were brand new to HA’s a year ago. We chose the Phonak Audeo Marvel M90-R because of Dr. Cliff Olson’s enthusiastic YouTube video introducing them. Dr. Cliff is an Android phone user as we are. When Dr. Cliff said that the Marvels were the only HA that would connect directly with Android phones and Microsoft Windows 10 computers, actually any device that used Bluetooth Classic, that sealed the deal! Kate and I were both fitted with our Marvel M90-R’s on the same day, December 26, 2018.
At first the connectivity between different devices was cumbersome but doable. If you only want to be connected to your phone, there was no problem at all. Kate had no problem as that is all she wanted to do. I, however, wanted to connect to my various Windows 10 computers as well as my phone. For me the connectivity changes were cumbersome at best. Then we got the Marvel 2.0 firmware update and the problem was resolved. I could now change devices just as I was always used to doing with other Bluetooth Classic devices. Streaming audio quality with the Marvels is superb.
We approached this Friday’s audiology appointment with much trepidation as we would now have a new audiologist. Our old and trusted audiologist had decided to move back to Ohio. Since we had a new audiologist and we were at the one-year point, she wanted to do new audiograms and REM. There was no need to be apprehensive as our new audiologist is very experienced and is more than knowledgeable and capable. We like her a lot.
I’ve posted my new audiogram on Hearing Tracker as it has changed a bit. I think perhaps more so as I listened much more carefully and pressed the button just as soon as I heard a sound. This was interesting as there was only one point on my audiogram where I was down 70 db. Previously I was on the 70 db line for the last 3 readings. The new audiologist spent more than two hours with the two of us.
She said that she was a firm believer in REM and based on the results she made setting changes for both of us. She said that based on REM she was increasing the low end bass response quite a bit for both of us. She said this would result in a noticeably fuller sound. She was correct. The changes were instantly noticeable. Even though the total volume hadn’t changed, it was very interesting that it seemed that it had decreased. Any previous shrillness had evaporated. She explained that this was because of the additional low end added and she showed me the REM line on her computer of where I was previously and where she aligned the new changes with where they should be. After living with the changes for a few days I have to say that the changes have made a dramatic difference. As good as I felt the Marvels were before, they are that much better now! There is no question that she knows what she is doing.
One of the most interesting things that happened at the appointment was the audiologist’s recommending that we both get custom molds. When she explained that there would be a big difference in how I heard my piano, especially at the low end, there was no question that we would get them. I’ve read much on the forum in the past year about the advantages of custom molds. We had the impressions made and the molds ordered. On January 6th we have an appointment to go back and get them. She explained that with the new molds we would require new REM to be done. This should be exciting! I’ll be posting about the results!
Edit: Be sure to click on the link in blue in the first paragraph above to watch Dr. Cliff’s video!