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Technology Spotlight - Roger by Phonak
Is it time to update your fm system?
Modern hearing aid technology makes hearing and understanding in most situations enjoyable. But when you’re on the phone, watching TV or in a noisy place, following a conversation can still sometimes be frustrating. That’s where technology like FM systems comes in. FM systems are designed to link to your hearing aids to help you hear more in challenging situations.
Phonak’s Roger technology, a new digital wireless technology designed to replace FM, is designed to help users hear better in noise or over distance, during phone calls, in class and when listening to TV and multimedia.
CHS is proud to offer Phonak’s Roger technology. Read more and see how it works!
Roger Pen is a wireless microphone designed to enable people with hearing loss to hear and understand more speech in loud noise and over distance.
Built using Phonak’s “Roger” technology, the fully automated solution can be used as a standalone microphone or alongside other Roger Pens or the Roger Clip-On Mic. It also features Bluetooth for cell phone calling, and can also be used to listen to TV and multimedia.
Roger Clip-On Mic
The Roger Clip-on Mic is wireless microphone designed to enable people with hearing loss to enjoy effective one-to-one communication in loud noise and over distance.
The shirt-worn accessory is used by the partner of the hearing aid user, is fully automated, and can be used as a standalone microphone or alongside other Roger Clip-On Mics or the Roger Pen. It can also be used to listen to TV and multimedia.
What is Roger?
• A new digital wireless technology designed to replace FM.
• It is designed to bridge the understanding gap in noise and over distance by wirelessly transmitting the speaker’s voice directly to the listener.
Why would a client need Roger?
• To reduce communication difficulties, such as excessive noise, distance and reverberation that hearing aids cannot alone overcome.
• The technology is designed to significantly improve a client’s ability to hear in challenging listening environments.
How is Roger different to FM?
• Operates in the globally license-free 2.4 GHz frequency band
• Digital technology
• No channel management required
• 200-7,300 Hz audio frequency bandwidth
• Virtually unlimited number of Roger networks can be used in one building
If it’s on the 2.4 GHz band, will interference be an issue?
• No – Roger uses a unique adaptive frequency hopping protocol uses only free channels
• Receivers and microphones search continuously searching for free channels
– Receivers talk back to the microphone about occupied channels
– Microphone automatically ‘hops’ around the occupied channels
– Occurs automatically, no user interaction required
What are the benefits of Roger?
• Roger systems combined with personal hearing aids “will reduce nose more than any other technology available,” according to Phonak officials.
• One-click connection of receivers and microphones; automatic function and directionality of microphones
• Almost all hearing instrument, cochlear implant and Baha users can use Roger speech-in-noise performance thanks to the range of design integrated and universal receivers.