HEAR, HEAR FOR DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Weighing no more than 1.3 grams (including battery) and only 18 mm long, the wireless Roger Earpiece is almost invisible to the human eye.
Thanks to new technologies, ever more ingenious and innovative products make it to market. Yet, according to Evert Dijkstra, Director of Phonak Communications, these technological advances bring many other benefits, too. The provider of state-of-the-art hearing solutions, which made it on to the 2016-2017 Canton of Fribourg Innovation Award shortlist for its Roger earpiece, has thrown itself into a brand new project, the "patient journey". The aim is to offer the hearing impaired the best possible care and support at all times: from the detection of hearing problems (using tests that can be performed at home), to arranging appointments with a specialist and filling out forms, right up to remote hearing aid adjustments. “Ultimately, the process will comprise six separate steps, some of which we have already tested with the help from our partners.” This approach has made the Murten-based company an industry trailblazer.
A practically invisible earpiece
The ‘Roger Earpiece’ brilliantly combines digital audio technology with great ergonomic design. This wireless in-ear receiver is practically invisible and requires no belt packs or cables. It was developed by Phonak Communications, specifically with studio professionals in mind, and is the smallest, most discreet prompter of its kind on the market today. It was this ingenious device that took the company to the finals of the 2016-2017 Canton of Fribourg Innovation Award. As Evert Dijkstra, Director of the Murten-based company, explains: “We took a technology that had been developed for one of our other products and fine-tuned it.” The product Dijkstra was referring to is a wireless system made up of receivers that clip on to a person’s hearing aid and a small emitter worn by the other speaker. One of the many potential beneficiaries are hearing-impaired children, whose learning experience in the classroom can be significantly enhanced thanks to this clever technology.