I was also going to add that the Costco KS brand (similar to Phonak) was having trouble in many cities selling a Phonak-compatible TV Connector for these aids. So even folks who wore Marvels (not the Costco brand) and wanted to buy a TV Connector at Costco were unable to do so.
I am VERY intrigued about the Costco pricing model, but will likely find a new audi in the new state/city I live in. I’ve found that with my hearing issues, I can’t just buy a pair of aids and be off and running with them. The aids typically need several follow-on visits for fine-tuning programs.
And as a note to warneral: YES you can VERY MUCH improve the speech discrimination with Marvel aids. I had my audi boost the lower frequencies while keeping the crisp upper ones. He added Acoustic Phone as a program so I can hear SUPER on phones that don’t stream with my aids (hotel room, office, family/friend’s house phone, etc.,).
I’m VERY happy with the Marvel phone streaming and TV Connector performance overall. But if you’re looking for SPEECH clarity in NOISY places … well, welcome to the club! That is the Holy Grail among just about anyone wearing hearing aids. It simply isn’t there yet. Doesn’t matter if it’s state-of-the-art, Artificial Intelligence, Genie, Wizard-on-Board, call-it-whatchawill! It does not exist! There are workarounds like the Roger ConnectPal and Pen lines, but they often involve carrying around yet another device that may get lost, forgotten or damaged.
Some fine day, I’m hoping a pair of aids will be able to stream with ANY Bluetooth device - as many as we want! Connect, pair up dozens! Effortlessly. Even better, the aids would be DYNAMITE in noisy places, letting me just incline my head towards a speaker and hear as if I could read lips! That day is not here tho, so we do the best we can with some very good devices out there.
Imagine if those wearing glasses could only find pairs that had a moderate-sized occlusion smack in the middle of their field of vision? How annoying/unsafe it would be to get out and about. But they’d have to learn to turn their head, slide their eyes to the sides and make do with it. That’s kind of how I feel wearing aids in NOISY places.