- Published on 24 May 2021
Phonak’s new Roger On remote mic, designed to help hearing aid and cochlear implant wearers better understand speech in challenging situations like background noise and over distance, will be available from June 15, 2021 in the UK and Ireland.
The multi award-winning device is compatible with almost every hearing aid and cochlear implant, automatically switching between different microphone modes according to its situation: table, clipped on clothing, hand-held. In Presenter Mode, an accelerometer activates an upward-pointing beam to ensure speech quality is maintained. It connects to a TV, laptop, or other devices for audio streaming.
Colours? Champagne and Graphite Grey are the options. The Roger On charges via USB-C, with eight hours of use on one charge.
The manufacturers of Roger On underline three key technology highlights:
- MultiBeam 2.0 Technology - selects the microphone beam with the best signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and tells the wearer the direction of the speaker. In RISE (Research Institute of Sweden) technical measurements, MultiBeam Technology increased speech understanding up to 61% in a group conversation in 75 dBA of noise, compared to hearing aids alone.
- Improved Pointing Mode – features Pointing Mode 2.0 with three microphones that allow consumers to zoom in on a conversation over distance by simply pointing.
- New myRogerMic App – allowing users to steer or change the microphone beam using their smartphone for a more personalised hearing experience. The app also allows wearers to save custom modes, see microphone status, and mute/unmute.
“We know that hearing in background noise or across the room remains a challenge for some hearing aid or cochlear implant wearers—and that was before social distancing and mask-wearing,” said Jon Billings, Vice-President Phonak Marketing. That’s why we’re so excited about the new Roger On. “It combines hearing performance, ease-of-use and versatility into a sleek remote microphone that can be used in virtually any listening situation.”