Phonak Roger Receivers
In a previous post we wrote about some of the different types of Phonak Roger transmitters available. In this particular post we are going to concentrate on Phonak Roger receivers. Phonak Roger transmitters and receivers can’t operate in isolation. If you are using one then you also need to have the other! To read about transmitters click here. If you want to know a little more about Roger receivers then read on!
We offer the full Phonak Roger Portfolio range at FM Hearing Systems. Below are variations of Phonak Roger receivers available to work with Phonak Roger transmitters.
Phonak Roger ear level receivers can be universal, like Phonak Roger X – they work in conjunction with any brand of hearing aid. Also Phonak Roger integrated receivers – specially designed to work with specific Phonak ‘behind the ear’ hearing aids and certain cochlear implant processors, matching in design and colour).
If ear level receivers are not viable Phonak also offer a neckloop device called Phonak Roger Mylink. Worn around the neck it receives audio from a Roger transmitter and forwards it on via the telecoil (or loop) program of a hearing instrument.
An alternative to ear level receivers and Roger Mylink is a Roger streamer bundle. This option is considered mostly when hearing aids are wireless compatible without ear level functionality and as an alternative to Roger Mylink.
Roger X Universal Receivers
Phonak Roger X is a miniature universal Roger receiver that is compatible with most ‘behind the ear’ hearing aids, BAHA and cochlear implant speech processors.
A Phonak Roger transmitter processes and then wirelessly transmits high quality audio. Then the Roger X receiver collects the audio transmitted. From there typically with a ‘behind the ear’ hearing aid you would attach an audio (DAI) shoe to the bottom (in place of the battery drawer) and plug the discreet Roger X receiver into the DAI shoe.
Then via the DAI shoe high quality audio is input directly into your hearing aids. Audio is matched to your hearing loss by the hearing aid response. Roger then overcomes amongst other issues hearing at distance, in noise and where reverberation is present.
Roger Integrated Receivers
When you are wearing certain models of Phonak hearing aids and some cochlear implant processors, there is an alternative to using a DAI shoe and a Roger X universal receiver. That alternative is the Roger integrated receiver.
The benefits of Roger integrated receivers when they are available are that they can be colour coded to match closely to the hearing aid / cochlear implant processor. Also, the integrated receivers are in effect a DAI shoe and receiver combined, but tend to be about the size of a DAI shoe. So you are reducing the size of the device by about the size of a Roger X receiver, typically by about half.
It is a neater solution for sure, but against that, if you change your hearing aid later, then there’s a good chance that the integrated receiver will not fit your new hearing instrument. With DAI shoe and Roger X you would only need to change the DAI shoe which is low cost. If you need to change the whole receiver its a lot more expensive.
Sometimes you just don’t have the option of ear level receivers (our preferred solution) but you have a telecoil (loop) program available. In that instance we have an alternative, the Phonak Roger Mylink.
Roger Mylink can work with any hearing instrument that has a telecoil available and enabled. The Roger Mylink is lower cost than ear level receivers. It has some pros and cons vs ear level receivers you should be aware of.
With a Roger Mylink as you move your head around the sound level can vary and you may experience audio dropouts if the Mylink is swinging about. This can be avoided to a degree by placing the neckloop under a jumper so it does not move around. With ear level receivers the wireless transmission is direct, from the sound source to the transmitter to the hearing aid. With a Mylink the sound needs to be transferred from the transmitter to the Mylink and then to the hearing instrument.
Sound quality: the frequency response of a Mylink is limited compared to using an ear level receiver via direct audio input. A Phonak Roger Mylink will offer a frequency range up to about 5.5kHz (a limitation of telecoil technology) whereas using ear level receivers the bandwidth is increased to near 7.5kHz.
It is still good performance overall, but ear level has the edge in performance and convenience.
Roger Streamer Bundles
Another alternative when ear level receivers are not available as an option is a streamer bundle. A lot of hearing aids, BAHA’s and cochlear implant processors available now are wireless compatible. They can use a device generically called a ‘streamer’.
In some instances (not all) they have an audio interface with three little sockets, a standard called europlug.
You can plug a Roger X universal receiver into this socket. With the combination of a Roger transmitter, a Roger X receiver and a streamer you have an alternative way of using Phonak Roger with hearing instruments.
Streamers available with this functionality are Phonak ComPilot, Oticon Streamer Pro, ReSound MultiMic, Cochlear Mini Microphone 2+, and Starkey Remote Microphone+.
For a more in depth view of the whole range check out our Laymans Guide to Phonak Roger Systems. If you would like to re-visit the post about Phonak Roger transmitters then click here. For the product pages on the Phonak Roger Receivers click here.