Phonak: “Life is On”
Phonak was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1947 by a group of French-Belgian investors. Phonak entered the North American market in 1989. They have been an innovative influence in the hearing aid world, with unique technologies for wireless connectivity, FM systems, CROS technology and pediatric amplification.
Phonak released their newest hearing aid, The Audeo Marvel, at the end of 2018. The Marvel is the first hearing aid able to connect to any Bluetooth device (Apple and Android) and allow for binaural streaming of media and phone calls. The Marvel has both zinc-air (disposable) and lithim-ium (rechargeable) battery options. For those with an active lifestyle, the rechargeable Marvel is a great option, as it has an IP68 rating, making it resistant to both water and dust, and its charger has a drying agent inside, which removes any moisture accumulated throughout the day.
The Marvel platform continues to use the Autosense feature Phonak has developed. This operating system allows the hearing aid to sense what environment it is in and automatically switch the settings to maximize hearing and comfort.
In the fall of 2019, Phonak will release a firmware update, giving their Marvel hearing aids the capability of wirelessly connecting to Roger microphones, which continue to be the gold standard for improving speech understanding in background noise.