Getting together with family and friends is what life’s all about but if you experience hearing loss, it can be a struggle to get involved in social situations as much as you’d like, especially in environments where several people are speaking. Add a bit of background noise, laughing, clinking cutlery or music, and what should be an occasion to enjoy and remember can quickly become a thing of dread.
- being able to hear some but not all of the conversation
- struggling to switch between speakers
- having to ask people to repeat what’s been said
- frustration, reduced confidence and even long term social withdrawal.
Well at FM Hearing Systems we think it’s time to take back your social life and with Phonak Roger Select you’ll be able to do just that!
About Phonak Roger Select
Roger Select is a versatile addition to your hearing aids that provides significantly improved hearing in busy social and work situations. It does this automatically in a very discreet way. If the situation dictates you have some fine control of how it works to really zoom into someones voice in the middle of a lot of noise.
Instances might be on a table eating a meal in a noisy restaurant. Perhaps a meeting at work where there is a lot of background noise, or mutiple conversations going on.
Features – How it Works
Phonak Roger Select, from leading hearing technology provider Phonak, incorporates wireless MultiBeam technology to pick up the voice of the speaker while reducing background noise.
It also features wideband Bluetooth for phone calls and can stream sound from TVs, music players and other electronic devices.
Friends and family can clip Phonak Roger Select to clothing or place it in the centre of the table, enabling you to make the most of every social situation.
It transmits the signal to your hearing aids through a Roger receiver into your hearing aids. You can use it with other Roger transmitters too, like say a Phonak Roger Pen or Phonak Roger Table Mic. They can work in a network of Roger transmitters.
There are different types of Roger receivers. The most popular ones attach directly to your hearing aid, BAHA or cochlear implant speech processor. For almost every hearing instrument and processor there is a compatible Roger receiver.
Other Roger receiver setups include Phonak Roger Mylink, a lower cost neckloop device, and combinations that can be used with various manufacturers own brand streamer devices too.
For more information on how to use the Phonak Roger Select please watch our video.
Benefits – How it Helps
- Significantly improved hearing in noisy environments
- Improved social confidence
- Clearly hear the person speaking
- Reduce distraction from background noise
- Switches automatically between speakers
- Option to control who to listen to if more than one person is talking
Hearing in Noise
Phonak Roger Select is really smart technology. Making use of MultiBeam Technology you place it on a table and it has six distinct segments defined by the slots (and lights) around its outside edge.
Select will focus on the strongest speech type sound near at the expense of the prevailing background noise. If you need an extra boost you can choose any of the 6 segments for Roger Select to focus on by simply tapping the segmented areas you wish to emphasis. This might be segment 1, 3 and 4 at the expense of segments 2, 5 and 6.
This allows you to really zoom in on the speech you need to hear in the most challenging of acoustic environments.
The Roger Select has active noise suppression built in so it is always working away in the background.
Hearing at Distance
Phonak Roger Select picks up sound remotely (from a distance) and inputs the audio DIRECTLY into your ears. It is very effective at overcoming the problems of hearing outside the typical area where hearing aids become less effective. That’s about arms length.
As a hearing aid wearer you are naturally at more of a disadvantage hearing speech at distance than someone with good natural hearing. Even with the best quality of hearing aids set up optimally.
Overcoming Reverberation in a Room
Roger Select is transmitting wirelessly straight to ear and not bouncing sounds off hard surfaces to create little acoustic echoes. It helps to overcome the reverberation in more challenging listening environments.
Helping with Audio Devices
You remotely and wirelessly stream audio directly into your ears via Phonak Roger Select. This makes for a very efficient way to hear audio on your favourite devices. Listening to a YouTube clip on your PC is a very clear. Phone calls are so much more easier with Phoank Roger Select.
Which environments can a Roger Select be used in?
The Roger Select is an all-inclusive wireless accessory that can be used in all environments. Whether at work, at home or in a public place a Roger Select helps you stay connected. Hear conversations whatever the background noise may be.
As a company we supply a lot of Roger technology into the workplace. The workplace generally is a really challenging environment if you have a hearing loss. Have a read of our Phonak Roger Testimonials page, it gives some great examples of how Phonak Roger has helped others in their particular situations.
There are some really inspiring stories there!
What are the benefits of a Roger Select?
Using it alongside your hearing aids or cochlear implants enables you fully understand and engage in one-one or group conversations in busy day to day situations. Roger Select reduces background noise. It automatically brings the speaker’s words directly to your ears without you even pressing a button.
With a Roger Select you can enjoy calls again by connecting the Select to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Ensure you never miss a wrong turn again by connecting to your car’s GPS system to hear the directions directly in your hearing aids.
Small, lightweight and stylish, it’s no word of a lie that the Roger Select has been carefully designed with discretion in mind. Simply place the Phonak Roger Select in the situation where maximised hearing is needed and let it do the rest of the work!
We hope this short article has answered all your key questions on the Roger Select. If you have any wider questions or thoughts on how Phonak Roger works as a communication device or interacts for instance with telephony our Laymand Guide to Roger page sets out in straightforward terms how it all works and sits together.
We have a product page on the website that goes into more detail on Phonak Roger Select.
You can buy the Phonak Roger Select straight from this page. If you are using the equipment for personal use only and are a UK resident you may be entitled to a VAT free purchase. Personally using in your job role does not count! Details are on the product page.
We are also easily available to help generally with any Phonak Roger Select or general Phonak Roger questions should you need us our Contact Page.