Phonak Marvel now available with telecoil and SlimTip Titanium

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Phonak Marvel: the ultimate combination of exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth® connectivity is now available with Telecoil and new SlimTip Titanium

Stäfa, Switzerland, February 26, 2019 - In October of 2018, Phonak introduced Marvel—the world’s first hearing aid combining universal Bluetooth connectivity, industry-leading rechargeability and a suite of interactive smart apps designed to enhance the wearer experience. Today, Phonak Audéo Marvel remains the world’s first and only hearing aid capable of direct audio streaming from countless Bluetooth enabled devices in clear, rich, stereo sound. It’s also the first technology to seamlessly connect not only to iPhone but also to Android smartphones, which account for 86% of smartphones worldwide(1).

Phonak Marvel has received high praise both inside and outside the hearing aid community. A recent survey(2) revealed:

  • 95% of hearing care professionals (HCPs) would recommend Marvel hearing aids to their peers
  • 92% stated the biggest advantage of Marvel is the combination of universal connectivity and rechargeability without compromising on sound quality
  • 90% of HCPs say Marvel hearing aids provide first-time wearers with exceptional sound quality from the first fit

Hearing aid wearers also report that they enjoy top-rated streamed sound quality(3) along with the ability to take hands-free phone calls. Marvel also recognizes and automatically adapts to precisely match more listening situations than even before thanks to AutoSense OS 3.0(4). This provides a seamless listening experience for the wearer. In addition, the myPhonak app allows users to have their hearing aids adjusted in real-time, in any situation, anywhere via videocall by the hearing care professional. With its industry leading technology, Phonak Audéo Marvel was named the best hearing aid of 2019, the best mobile medical device at CES and is both a 2019 CES Innovations Award and Edison Awards recipient.

“Thousands of hearing care professionals around the world have directly experienced the benefit of exceptional sound quality from the first fit, better speech understanding in noise and the top-rated streamed sound quality of Phonak Marvel, said Martin Grieder, Group Vice President Marketing. “This multifunctional hearing aid truly makes a difference in real-world situations and has a significant impact on people´s overall wellbeing.”

Telecoil (T-coil) models expand Phonak Marvel’s connectivity and increases accessibility

Phonak is expanding upon Marvel’s wide-ranging connectivity solutions with the introduction of Audéo M-312T and Audéo M-13T. These popular models maintain the same exceptional sound quality and universal Bluetooth connectivity of the original Audéo M models with the added benefits provided by a T-coil. Phonak has managed to produce the new T-coil models with only a 2mm increase in housing size. In fact, Audéo M-13T is virtually the same size as the original Audéo M-312 and has an improved battery life that allows wearers to enjoy a full week of hearing including streaming.

The new T-coil models increase wearer accessibility by providing direct connection to induction-loop systems. In recent years, the use of induction-loop systems has been expanded beyond its traditional use in theatres, houses of worship, and large auditoriums. Today, many communication environments are equipped for hearing aid wearers to connect via T-coil.

“Marvel has already become a must-have product for many hearing care professionals,” added Thomas Lang, Senior Vice President for Phonak. “Now, having Marvel with T-coil brings even more benefits to more patients, particularly in areas where hearing loops are common.”

New SlimTip Titanium improves durability and fit rate

Phonak also introduces its first ever SlimTip Titanium for all Marvel devices. This premium solution results from Phonak expertise in manufacturing of customized titanium shells. The new SlimTip Titanium is stronger than industry standard acrylic, is hypoallergenic, and comfortable to wear. The strength of titanium allows Phonak to design and print Titanium SlimTips as thin as 0.2mm.

Additionally, the new SlimTip Titanium has been designed to increase the fit rate for smaller ears. An internal study(5) conducted by Phonak has shown a 50% increase in fit rate for very small ears compared to traditional acrylic SlimTips. Because the titanium shells are half as thick as the acrylic, the new SlimTip Titanium can be made smaller for a secure, reliable fit. Moreover, hearing care professionals can now offer their patients a broader choice of solutions.

These additions to the Marvel platform continue to provide “a love at first sound” experience to even more consumers.

The Audéo M-312T, Audéo M-13T, and new Titanium SlimTips will be available as of February 26, 2019. All devices will be fully RogerDirect compatible, which is expected to be available later this Fall.

(1) Global mobile landscape 2016, eMarketer, November 2016

(2) Phonak market survey #1241 “Marvel Post Launch Research B2B”, survey conducted in Canada, Germany, USA, January 2019 (215 participants). Please contact marketinsights@phonak.com

(3) Legarth, S., Latzel, M., & Rodrigues, T. (2018). Media streaming: The sound quality wearers prefer. Phonak Field Study News, retrieved from www.phonakpro.com/evidence

(4) Rodrigues, T., & Liebe, S. (2018). AutoSense OS™ 3.0. The new & enhanced automatic operating system. Phonak Insight, retrieved from www.phonakpro.com/evidence, accessed October 16th, 2018.

(5) Phonak Internal Study 2018, SDS4.0 relative Fit-Rate Study February 2018

About Phonak

Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, was created in 1947 out of a passion for taking on the most difficult hearing challenges. Seventy years later, this passion remains. As the industry’s leading innovator, we offer the broadest portfolio of life-changing hearing solutions. From pediatric to profound hearing loss, we remain committed to creating hearing solutions that change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally. We believe in creating a world where ‘Life is on’ for everyone.
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My M-13T’s were waiting to be picked up by FedEx yesterday! Hoping to get them fitted on Friday.


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Are you getting the hearing aids directly (hence the fedex), or through your audi?


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Through my audi. (More words here so the forum will allow the post)


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Are you getting the slimtip titanium? Does any body know what they look like or cost? I need molds instead of domes and don’t know what they will be like.


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I already have the RIC SecureFit mold in silicone. I haven’t seen the bill for it yet, so I don’t know the price on that one. I’m sure the titanium will be spendy, but it sounds like it will be a nice option for those who need it. Mine is a solid silicone mold with a vent, but I think the titanium ones are designed to be hollow. I think this is a picture of one from the SDS Reference Guide 4.0 from Phonak.
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What is the primary problem the slim tip titanium is trying to solve? Does it replace the custom mold or is it just a variation of the custom mold? Pros and cons??


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I hope things work out well during trial and you get the “gain/power” you want from the M-13T. Out of curiosity have you viewed Audéo M-13T audiogram chart or range chart? Phonak claims the HA is for someone with a mild loss to a profound loss - so the hearing range is huge. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing but hope HA can handle the degree of your hearing loss. And you’re going with the disposable battery which I think is a good move. Be interesting to learn how long the size 13 batteries last.


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Good question Saratoga and obviously (in diagram) it looks a little more like a dome or an ear canal mold - then a full custom ear shell mold. Phonak claims the new SlimTip Titanium is stronger than industry standard acrylic. Yet in all my years wearing a hard shell acrylic mold I’ve never cracked one. Acrylic is really durable, so this option could be overkill or maybe a way to bring in more money with a higher mold cost.


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The titanium shell is hypoallergenic and will be wonderful for folks like my wife who have contact allergies associated with silicone, some acrylic’s and plastics.

Dave


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Will Titanium be available with UP receivers?


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According to this picture (taken from https://www.phonakpro.com/content/dam/phonakpro/gc_hq/en/products_solutions/hearing_aid/audeo_marvel/documents/leaflet_btb_phonak_audeo_marvel_028-1905.pdf, the slim tips are not provided for the UP receiver…