Roger solutions for children and teens

Roger solutions for children and teens
Solutions for children and teens
Bridging the understanding gap
For young listeners to engage in meaningful verbal
communication, they must be able to clearly hear and
understand the voice of the speaker. For children
with hearing difficulties this can be a real challenge –
especially in difficult listening situations like noisy
rooms and over distance. Even when they are wearing
the very latest hearing technology.
It’s a challenge that calls for some intelligent help.
Introducing Roger…
Roger marks the dawn of a performance revolution.
This new digital standard surpasses all of today’s wireless
microphone systems, both analog and digital, offering a
stunning improvement in signal-to-noise ratio and making
this technology easier to use than ever before.
Roger by Phonak is the new digital standard that bridges
the understanding gap. It uses a cutting-edge wireless
microphone to pick up the voice of the speaker, before
transmitting it wirelessly – via miniature receivers –
into a child’s hearing aids or cochlear implants (CIs).
This 2.4 GHz wireless signal is then mixed adaptively with
the signal picked up by the ear-level microphones in the
child’s hearing aids or CIs. The result is an entirely new and
scientifically proven level of speech clarity for the child.
The kind of performance that, in the past, children with
hearing loss and their parents could only dream of.
How Roger works
Roger wireless microphones use 2.4GHz digital signals to send a speaker’s words to miniature Roger receivers,
which attach to a child’s existing hearing aids or CI processors. This way the child hears the speaker’s words directly
in their ears, without distracting background noise – allowing them to hear, understand and fully participate in
the conversation.
Roger microphones can be used in different ways. With younger children, the microphone is typically worn by the
primary speaker (i.e. a parent or teacher). However older children have several options: if chatting with friends
they can place their microphone in the middle of the table, in quiet they can listen to someone further away simply
by pointing at them with the Roger Pen, or in loud noise they can hold their microphone reporter-style or have
the speaker wear it around the neck.
Maximum performance
Zero hassle
Full compatibility
Roger offers the industry’s best
ever speech-in-noise performance,
with proven improvements of
up to 54 %1 over other FM and
digital systems, and 35%1 over
Dynamic FM technology.
Roger microphones and
receivers are connected with
a single click.
Roger works with virtually every
behind-the-ear hearing aid
and cochlear implant, making it
the most compatible system
of its kind. Some Roger
microphones can even transmit
simultaneously to Roger,
FM and soundfield listeners.
Thibodeau, L. Roger and hearing instruments, Phonak Field Study News, April 2013
How about a 54 %
improvement in
speech understanding?
“I was amazed by the performance of students who used
Roger. They were able to hear and understand the speaker
in noise levels that would not have been possible using
previous FM system technology.”
– Professor Linda Thibodeau, PhD.
Roger means maximum
The theory is simple: the more of a speaker’s words a child
can understand, the more successfully they can learn and interact.
Roger enables children with hearing difficulties to hear and
understand more words than ever before.
The new Phonak microchip inside Roger systems powers
a unique speech-in-noise algorithm. This generates signalto-noise ratios that vastly outperform those produced
by today’s FM and digital systems.
Since even a minor improvement in word recognition scores
can have a positive effect on a child’s understanding, imagine
how life-changing Roger technology’s benefits can be.
With Roger, children who once struggled to hear in
difficult listening situations – in class, at parties, in the
car and outdoors – don’t need to struggle any more.
They can simply listen and engage.
Trust the power of proven performance
Roger performs. But don’t just take our word for it. Independent studies have proven its capabilities, showing that
Roger systems help people with hearing difficulties to understand speech in noise better than today’s FM solutions,
especially in noisy rooms.
Percent Words Correct (HINT)
Dynamic FM
Traditional FM
Ambient noise level (db(A))
Comparison of speech recognition with adaptive digital and FM wireless technology by listeners who use hearing aids, Professor Linda Thibodeau PhD1
• Up to 54% increase in speech recognition over traditional FM1
• Up to 35% increase in speech recognition over Dynamic FM1
• Significant speech recognition improvements over traditional FM & Dynamic FM at high noise levels2
• Roger preferred by the majority of listeners over traditional FM & Dynamic FM1
Thibodeau, L. Roger and hearing instruments, Phonak Field Study News, April 2013
Wolfe, J et al., Better Speech Recognition with Digital RF System in Study of Cochlear Implants. July 2013 - Volume 66 - Issue 7 - p 24–26
It’s as easy as
pushing a button
Roger means zero hassle
Thanks to the unique new digital communication protocol
inside Roger systems, connection complexity is now a thing
of the past. So rather than synchronizing FM devices,
Roger users can focus on what’s really important – enjoying
clear, hassle-free communication.
One-click connection
Connecting microphones and receivers has never been
easier. Simply position a Roger microphone close to
a Roger receiver, or secondary microphone, and click
Connect. No interference is possible and privacy
is guaranteed.
Whatever device a
child wears –
Roger works with it
Roger means compatibility
No matter which hearing aids or cochlear implants a child wears,
Roger can help them to hear and understand.
Suits virtually every hearing aid
Suits every CI
There is a Roger receiver to suit almost every hearing aid,
no matter what the make or model. These include
sleek design-integrated receivers for Phonak hearing aids,
such as Phonak Sky Q and Phonak Naída Q, plus universal
receivers for other brands.
Every cochlear implant recipient can enjoy Roger speechin-noise performance thanks to our comprehensive
range of universal and design-integrated CI receivers.
These include the Roger 17 for the Naída CI from
Advanced Bionics.
A Roger system to suit every child...
With Roger there is a wireless microphone and accompanying receiver to suit every
listener. From the discreet premium-performance Roger Pen for image-conscious
teens, to the advanced Roger Clip-On Mic for busy parents, and the Roger inspiro
teacher microphone for challenging school environments –with Roger there’s no
reason why every child cannot join the revolution.
Roger Pen
Roger Clip-On Mic
Roger inspiro
The inconspicuous Roger Pen with
fully automated multiple microphone
settings and Bluetooth connectivity
enables young listeners to hear
and understand in loud noise and
over distance. It can be used as a
standalone microphone or alongside
other Roger Clip-On Mics or additional
Roger Pens. Plus it features wideband
audio Bluetooth for cell phone
calling, an audio input for listening to
multimedia and TV connectivity.
The Roger Clip-on Mic is an easy-to-use
wireless microphone for one-to-one
communication in loud noise and over
distance. This compact microphone
packs industry-leading Roger speechin-noise performance into a discreet
shirt-worn device. It can be used as
a standalone microphone or alongside
other Roger Clip-On Mics or the
Roger Pen to allow communication
between multiple speakers. It offers
one-click connection to Roger receivers
and is perfect for parents of young
children to use at home, at the park,
in the car and out shopping. It also
includes an audio input for listening
to multimedia and TV connectivity.
Roger inspiro is a durable teacher
microphone that is trusted in
thousands of classrooms around the
world. It offers one-click connection
of receivers, simplified menus, and
you can program the functions on the
keys to be different short cuts.
Used by:
children, teenagers, and young
adults who use Bluetooth devices
Used by:
parents, family, friends (not
recommended for classroom use)
Used by:
teachers, parents of young children
With three Roger receiver types available there is a solution for every child,
whatever hearing aids or cochlear implants they currently use.
Roger design-integrated
These discreet Roger receivers are
designed with the same appealing
aesthetics and smooth lines as
Phonak hearing aids. They are
WaterResistant when combined with
Phonak Sky Q, plus tamperproof
options are available. In addition they
are available for the Naída CI by
Advanced Bionics.
Roger X
Roger MyLink
This miniature universal Roger
receiver is compatible with virtually
every BTE hearing aid, cochlear
implant speech processor, and
streaming device (through the threepin Europlug connector).
Roger MyLink is an easy-to-use and
affordable body-worn universal Roger
receiver that works with any hearing
aid or cochlear implant that features
a telecoil - from Phonak or any other
And now meet the perfect Phonak Sky Q...
Phonak Sky Q is our new dedicated portfolio of pediatric hearing aids. With four
models, three performance levels, and an eye-catching range of Mix & Match color
options, there is a Phonak Sky Q for virtually every child, no matter what their
age or degree of hearing loss.
All four Phonak Sky Q models are WaterResistant (IP67),
even with a Roger design-integrated receiver attached.
Inside, proprietary SoundRecover technology optimizes
a little listener’s access to speech sounds, while Binaural
VoiceStream TechnologyTM helps them focus on the
words of speakers nearby.
Plus, our Phonak TargetTM fitting software’s enhanced
Junior mode now makes it even easier to accurately
program and verify the Phonak Sky Q you choose.
You won’t believe how much
a child can hear…
In a stroller
At the park
Playing sports
Children with hearing loss often find
it difficult to understand speech when
it comes from a direction other than
that they’re facing. For a child sitting
in a stroller, this is definitely the case.
Plus, they often also have wind and
road noise to contend with. A Roger
system overcomes all of these issues,
bringing the parent or caregiver’s
voice directly into the child’s ears.
Outdoor spaces such as parks and
playgrounds often present all of the
listening challenges that children
with a hearing loss face – there is
surrounding noise, there is distance,
and speech-reading is virtually
impossible due to little explorers
constantly moving around. Roger
systems are uniquely qualified to
overcome these challenges by helping
a child understand the speaker,
no matter where they are.
Kids with hearing loss find it easier
to respond to a coach’s instructions
when they can hear these commands
directly – wherever they are on the
field of play and whatever the level of
surrounding noise. This way, instead
of missing out on useful advice, they
can listen, improve and get in the game.
When there are
multiple speakers
Following the words of one person is
difficult enough, but if another starts
talking too, speech understanding
becomes even trickier. Roger
microphones, however, can be easily
joined together in a small network.
This allows a young listener to
accurately hear what everyone has
to say, without the speakers having
to share a single microphone.
During group activities
Group activities and meal times pose
a real challenge for kids who have
hearing difficulties, due to the complex
mix of chatter, background noise
and clinking cutlery. A Roger wireless
microphone system effectively cuts out
this distracting noise, helping a child
hear and respond to what’s being said
more easily.
In the car
In class
Car journeys are one of the most
difficult listening situations for
hearing-impaired children due to
the constant loud hum of engine
and road noise. Roger technology’s
direct-to-the-ear approach enables
a child to better hear and respond
to his or her parents’ voices, turning
a previously distracted youngster
into a more responsive traveler.
When noise levels in class increase,
hearing-impaired kids can easily
struggle to differentiate between
important speech sounds – such as the
teacher’s voice – and the surrounding
noise. In these situations Roger makes
all the difference. It has been
independently proven to help students
better hear and respond to a teacher’s
directions than competing FM and
digital systems. And underlying all of
this, wireless microphone technology
in general has been repeatedly shown
to improve students’ educational
performance over time3.
T o explore a range of peer-reviewed studies that
prove this, visit
On the phone
Enjoying multimedia
Phone calls can be a struggle for kids
with a hearing loss, which is both
frustrating and can separate them
from their peers. The Roger Pen
features built-in wideband audio
Bluetooth (also known as HD voice)
for effective one-touch cell phone
calling – ensuring every young adult
can keep their social life right on track.
Wireless Roger microphones connect
to any multimedia device’s audio-out
jack – enabling a youngster to hear
their favorite tunes, movies, video games
and educational software clearly in
their ears. And all without needing to
crank up the volume!
Useful Phonak resources
There is a whole host of useful Roger-related web pages and tools online.
Why not try them today?
Phonak pediatrics on the web
Roger Configurator
More information about Roger
Life is on
We are sensitive to the needs of everyone who depends on our
knowledge, ideas and care. And by creatively challenging the
limits of technology, we develop innovations that help people hear,
understand and experience more of life’s rich soundscapes.
Interact freely. Communicate with confidence.
Live without limit. Life is on.
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