31% of hearing aid wearers report that they still have challenges in noisy situations, and so Phonak developed Roger technology that streams sound from a microphone which is housed in external receiver, directly to the hearing aid. If many people are gathered around a dining table, talking, the Roger device will detect who is speaking using multiple microphone, placed in six different directions.
This sound is there wirelessly streamed to the Marvel hearing aid, which enables the listener to hear clearly, regardless of where a voice is coming from. As well as the Roger table Mic, Phonak have produced a Roger Pen (which is like a discrete pen-shaped microphone) that can be placed near a person who is a distance away (e.g. a class instructor), and it can also transmit sound from a smartphone, TV or multimedia device.
Phonak have now enabled Audeo Marvel wearers the ability to access the RogerDirect feature via a firm wear upgrade. (Previously hearing aid wearers had to plug an extra receiver and/or audio shoe into their hearing aids to receive the Roger signal).