So after a life long reliance on NHS hearing aids today I decided to go the private route having discovered that the new Marvel has classic Bluetooth rather then low energy Bluetooth which will benefit me. Am also fed up with the waiting time to get appointments to see a NHS audiologist for a simple alternation to a program etc. The Marvel will be able to be updated by an audiologist over the air using the phone app which is great. I was shocked at how small the Marvel is, opted for the smallest that takes the 312 batteries and its almost half the size of my Phonak Nathos UP current hearing aid. I do have to wait for the receiver to be made up as I am needing the most powerful one they do and due to holiday closures at Phonak I wont be picking up the new hearing aid until mid January. Will report back once I have it :)
If you have mild / moderate hearing loss, the IQ Buds Boost will be available through the NHS come April 2019. Bluetooth 4.2 is integrated into the model. .
They do not offer them on NHS in UK either, well not in my area. I can only imagine its to do with the cost involved. To be honest even if they did offer them I would still go private after having experienced very poor service from the audiology dept in North Hertfordshire.
Is there a reason why the Bluetooth hearing aids are not available on NHS today in Northern Ireland. Is it planned to be introduced? I’m not keen on paying excessive amount of money for a pair through Specsavers and with only 4 years warranty.
It seems to me, reading your post, that your hearing aids may not have not been fit properly. I had a lot of the problems you described and needed to have them reprogrammed by another audiologist. This was followed by self programming and the use of Audiogram direct to make sure the aids were amplifying/applying the correct gain for my loss. I wear the Virto V70, which is 2 models back, and have none of these issues.
Hi Morritt good of you to share your experience. I have a Samsung S9 so maybe the app will connect better or maybe worse. I have severe hearing loss in one ear and no hearing in the other and the bit that goes into the ear for me is a powerful receiver which should fit very snug so am hoping music streaming and sound generally will be a match if not better than my NHS aid.
The thing that attracted me to the Marvel is its half the size of my huge NHS Phonak aid, has full bluetooth (classic bluetooth) and will soon be able to work with Roger pen. I never actually use the phone with my hearing aid and choose to rely on messaging.
I hope things can be adjusted so to improve your experience.