Hearing Aids, Why a Solution Approach Can be Best

June 30th 2016

While modern hearing aids are exceptionally good at what they do, they are just an aid to hearing. They are not a replacement for normal hearing. They are designed to help you in what we call the near field, which is no more than six feet around you. When dealing with far field, especially in noise, we need to look at a combined solution. Let's talk about the Roger Pen and why it could make a huge difference to you. 

Phonak Roger Pen

Roger Brochure from PhonakIn our last article I spoke about the introduction of the latest Phonak Naida Venture hearing aids. Phonak also launched an updated range of the Roger devices including a new desk microphone to correspond with the launch of their new super power hearing device range. I have been impressed with Phonak's concepts of a solution for people with hearing loss. 

For people with severe to profound hearing loss to get on well, they need a combined solution over and above just hearing aids. Their loss is such that even the very best hearing aids will not deliver high quality hearing in difficult situations. So their hearing aids are often paired with accessory devices that will help them in every situation they come across in life. If you click on the image of the Roger brochure, you can download a pdf version of it.  

A combined solution for hearing loss

It actually got me thinking about how I can help people to acheive better hearing. These combined solutions can deliver outstanding results for people no matter what their hearing loss is. These solutions can mean that even people who can't afford the best of the best can still have outstanding results.  Devices like the Phonak Roger Pen system allow me to deliver a combined system for an all round solution for people's unique lifestyle needs. So I decided I should talk about the Phonak Roger Pen, what it is, what it does and how it works. 

Phonak Roger Pen

The Roger Pen is part of a wider Roger wireless system introduced by Phonak. It is an advanced wireless microphone for people hearing loss. Phonak have designed it to be both exceptionally functional but relatively inconspicuous. Modern hearing aids really do a great job of helping people hear friends and loved ones in the near field. But when users are trying to hear in the far field or are in a noisy places, hearing well can sometimes still be a little difficult.. For people with more severe or profound hearing loss, the phone or watching TV can be quite difficult. That’s where products like the Roger Pen come in. 

Helping You in Difficult Situations

Roger Table micThe device is a fully automated solution and has been proven to perform better than any wireless microphone available in the hearing industry. They have been designed to be used as a standalone remote microphone or alongside other Roger Pens, Roger EasyPens, the Roger Clip-On Mic or their new table mic. It also features Bluetooth connection for mobile phone calling, and can also be used to listen to TV and any multimedia source. The device can help you hear and understand better in a lot of situations like:

  • Noisy restaurants and cafés
  • Loud bars
  • Family gatherings
  • One-on-one conversations
  • Mobile phone calls
  • Watching TV
  • In the car
  • Listening to music
  • Online video calls
  • Lectures, meetings and presentations featuring one or more speakers

In short, the device will help you to hear and understand more speech in loud noise and over distance. While the device is made by Phonak, it is actually designed to be used with all hearing aids whether they are Phonak manufactured or not. 

How is it used

The device is both a microphone and transmitter, the final piece of the system ia a Roger receiver. The Roger range including the pens and the remote mic can be used with three different receiver choices. With Phonak products, you have the option of integrated receivers at ear level. These are small add on devices which attach on the very edge of the hearing instruments. It is, essentially, a new battery door for the Phonak hearing aids.

These integrated receivers work for any Phonak BTE (Behind The Ear) product that has a size 13 or 675 battery. You cannot use an integrated ear-level receiver with a device that uses a 312 battery, a custom product, or with a non-Phonak hearing aid.

Roger microphones &  receivers

Using it With Non Phonak Hearing Aids

When using Roger devices with hearing aids from other manufacturers you will need to use one of two types of receivers, the Roger X or a Roger MyLink. The Roger X is a universal mini receiver which can be used with an audio shoe or audio boot that can be plugged into any other hearing aid manufacturers’ device. It can also be used with any other manufacturers streaming devices that have a port for an FM receiver. 

The universal Roger MyLink will work with any hearing aid with a T-coil or with a cochlear implant once it has a T-coil. Phonak say that reports from the field indicate that the Roger x at or the ear level receivers are the best option for quality.

Using the Roger System With Custom or 312 Phonak Hearing Aids

If you have a custom or 312 battery Phonak hearing aid you can use the Roger X mini receiver which can be plugged into a Phonak ComPilot, which you see above.  

For more than just profound hearing loss

Hearing aids are just that, an aid to hearing, they do not replace your normal hearing. Devices like the Roger Pen can make a huge difference to how you will get on with your hearing aids. The very best hearing aids are expensive and not everyone can afford them. Devices like the Roger Pen combined with a lower level of hearing aid technology can deliver exceptional results.

It simply means that devices like the Roger Pen combined with lower level hearing aid technology are a cheaper option, but can still deliver high-quality hearing in all of the situations that you need. If you Roger solutions or Phonak hearing aids interest you, or if you are interested in any other hearing device in Melbourne, why don't you give us a call? 


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