“As the set I have are meant to be top of the range, I’m very disappointed in:
a. The ability of the hearing aids to adapt to the surrounding noise – they can’t do that – they just make everything louder.
b. Bluetooth quality is appalling with both an iPhone…
“Very good for normal hearing. Far better than my 5 year old Resound.”
“All is crisp and clear”
“I now have an M90, that promised to reduce echo. But in a large room, I did not hear any real improvement. If the curtains are closed, everything works fine, but if you open the curtains you hear the echo again.
As a consequence (and see below) I will now try the far cheaper M50. Why pay for a feature that has no real effect?
Streaming with Bluetooth works fine. But the hands-free feature was a big disappointment. It only works in a quiet room. But in a car, outside, supermarket etc 80% of the time the phone calls fail, because the other party cannot understand me. Logical, because the microphones are hidden behind the ear, and to let others hear my voice I must start speaking very loudly. And that is a little embarrassing, and also not very respectful for the people that call you. The solution, to use the microphone of your phone is – according to Phonak – something that is theoretically not possible because of Bluetooth.”
Thanks again for your help.
I am an iPhone user so the MFI system for the Oticon S1 was indeed a product I seriously considered. I believe the Bluetooth implementation on the Oticon is better than in the Phonak, as the Oticon uses Bluetooth LE and allows for multiple device connections, whereas the Phonak uses old Bluetooth classic and only allows for a single device connection?”
“That’s a really interesting point. The Marvel actually uses a protocol created by Phonak. True, the previous product used BT Classic. In actual fact, the Marvel can connect for audio to just about anything, whereas the Opn S can only connect to Apple. Furthermore, you can take calls on the ear with Marvel – with the Opn S you need to talk to the phone.
So I would say the Phonak system is superior. All other 5 big manufacturers use ‘made for iPhone’ – but Phonak created their own. I’m pretty positive about both products.”
The Phonak TV connector 3.0 is a brilliant little Bluetooth adapter that can hide on the back of your television, powered by the USB socket. It enables quality streamed sound to flow straight to your MARVEL hearing aids.
Sometimes, when a patient has an extra device fitted (like a Sky…
What you’d be best doing is dumping your traditional analog / landline phone. Change your broadband package to no phone calls.
Buy a VOIP adapter (for around £36 from Currys, Amazon). Plug this into a PC. Plug your old phone into the adapter.
Buy a VOIP software package from the likes…
It appears that on the Opn S, program 1 position must be ‘General’ (on either VAC+, NAL or DSL rationales), so what do you do if your patient loves ‘speech in noise’ program and would prefer that in 1st place?
We know how. Join The Hearing Practice Group as an…
It seems that Oticon have actually sorted out the problem with aids whistling at high gain. All the fittings of Opn S have assured me that this is the case. It really is worth considering as a great hearing aid, especially if you own an iPhone.
Having had some experience with this miserable set-up, it is not worth having. This rechargeable system for hearing aids is just far too unreliable.
You will find this on some hearing aids from 2017 and 2018:
OTICON Opn (original version)
WIDEX Beyond and Evoke
RESOUND LiNX 3D
Avoid is our advice. All credit…
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