I love my Marvels (M90 13T). I thoroughly tested Quattro and Marvel HA side by side (audiology at my hospital trusted me enough to take them both) in the same environment. I could just hear more clearly and more reliably and more consistently than with Quattro. That being said, the Quattro’s are incredible HA’s — IMO, its like comparing Toyota to Honda. Both great cars, but I guess I’m a Honda (and Phonak ;)) guy.
But man. These Marvels and phone calls. UGH! I live and work in the center of one of the major cities on the East coast. I walk down the street frequently, which means busy environments with cars, many people, and of course wind at times. People without fail complain every single time I talk outside, even if I am far away from the street, say in a courtyard. So then in this situation, I have to manually turn to the normal phone mode (edit: as in, tell my iPhone to not use Bluetooth but to use normal speaker/mic). It’s disruptive, but more so it’s frustrating. I’m already in a difficult environment to hear, and now I lose hearing in both aids. Sure I can turn to acoustic phone mode, but that’s also a PITA since it’s not automatic. Blah.
Stair wells with echo? Forget it. Switch to normal phone mode.
Even sometimes in the hospital where i work. I get a call walking down the wards and there are beeps and stuff going, others talking - I cannot speak at a normal volume in this situation. The person will without fail complain they can’t hear me. “Are you on speaker phone? I can hardly hear you.” And mind you I don’t have a soft voice.
At home when it’s quiet? No problems, no complaints. In the car even? Works great there more often than not, too. And I LOVE having the hands free at home - super convenient. I love it when it works, hah.
But these Marvels cannot keep up with me phone wise. It makes me miss resound/made for iPhone solution, which makes the iPhone still the mic for the caller. I had the original linx for 4-5 years before these, and I feel I have taken a step backwards here. I guess you can’t have it all.
Streaming music, though, is no comparison IMO. Marvels quality is hands down better, more rich. It’s strictly the other person being able to hear me.
All in all, you’d still have to try and rip the Marvels out of my hands (or ears) for me to give them up. I’m grateful that my biggest complaint isn’t my ability to hear, but others! An interesting twist in my HA journey. From a hearing perspective, though, like I said - they are amazing. Even with my severe-profound loss. Tie them with the Roger system I deploy in the operating room, and it’s a dream come true. (I don’t use my 4 pens anywhere else but the OR) I promised a write up comparing the two aids side by side, and expect to do that soon with getting a break from my training.
Back to Hands Free - Anybody have any thoughts / tips / solutions if you have also had this issue?