Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Phonak Roger: Hearing better than people without hearing loss

Undercover agent like gadget turns this dream for hearing aid users into a reality 

Can a hearing aid user understand better than a normal-hearing person? A stylish secret agent like gadget makes it happen: Roger Pen, featuring ground-breaking wireless technology by Phonak, bridges the understanding gap in noise and over distance up to an incredible 54%* better than any other available technology. It does not only put an end to struggling with understanding in crowded restaurants or team meetings, but even gives people with hearing loss an advantage over the normal-hearing. 

Conversations in a fully booked restaurant, party small talk with music on, or listening to a speaker at the opposite side of a meeting room: Even the most advanced hearing aids can reach their limits in these situations. “Creating a world without hearing boundaries: This is what motivates our team day by day”, says Maarten Barmentlo, Group Vice President Marketing for Phonak. “Roger, our new wireless standard, brings us – and most importantly the people with hearing loss that rely on our technology – a huge step closer to achieving this goal.” 

Roger Pen: For your ears only 
The new Phonak digital standard, Roger, offers something that every undercover agent would crave to own: a stylish device that allows for crystal-clear understanding in noisy surroundings and over distance. Using unique and proprietary frequency-hopping abilities, Roger automatically finds a free channel for every transmission. This unprecedented use of digital wireless signals, along with an extended frequency bandwidth (200 to 7,300 Hz), allows for the clearest transmission onto the hearing aid that is currently possible: Roger surpasses standard FM by 54%* and Dynamic FM by 35%*. The benefit? Phonak hearing aid and select cochlear implant users can understand even better in certain situations than people without hearing loss. 

The stylish Roger Pen and Roger Clip-On Mic are drastically sleeker and easier to use than any FM system. Featuring fully automated microphone settings and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, the Roger Pen can be connected with just one click and configures itself. Users can place it on the table, hold it in their hands or pass it on to the speaker. Roger takes over the rest and transmits the speaker’s voice directly onto the hearing aids – for crystal-clear understanding even in noisy surroundings or over distance where everybody else struggles to understand a word of what is being said. 

As the standard is the same in each country, hearing aids users have the freedom to use Roger even when travelling. 

The stylish Phonak Roger Pen and Roger Clip-on Mics are available in Sterling Silver, Petrol or Ruby. 

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* Professor Thibodeau, Linda, PhD (2013), Comparison of speech recognition with adaptive digital and FM wireless technology by listeners who use hearing aids, University of Texas, Dallas, USA, International Journal of Audiology