These are their stories, in their words, about how today’s hearing technology helps them fit in at school, on the field, and at home.
-Audrey, 17, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
"I got these new hearing aids and I put them on and immediately it was like a whole new world."
Audrey explains how her new Phonak hearing aids and Roger Pen makes her feel much more confident in social situations and not just listen but to engage in conversations.
-Daniel, 18, Palo Alto, California, United States
Daniel plays sports and several musical instruments. He uses both Roger and Phonak Sky and says they help him when he’s rehearsing and performing in his own band
-Shana, 26, Bozeman, Montana, United States
"With the Roger Clip-On Mic, you can connect a couple of them together.. if I go hiking with two friends, there’s a much better chance to hear them."
Shana loves outdoor sports and explains how her hearing aids coupled with a Roger system help her to enjoy these activities together with friends.
-Malin, 15, Stockholm, Sweden
“I need it [Roger Pen] most when we are exercising alone, as I need to hear the teacher’s instructions and the music at the same time. In such situations, their voices can get drowned out. I try to find the right setting, which will pick up all the sounds I need. I’ve never been able to talk on the phone at all, but now it's easy. It's also easier to listen to music. I attach a wire to the Roger Pen, switch it to wireless and the music goes directlyinto my hearing aid. Sometimes, I can connect it up so that several of us can listen to the same piece of music simultaneously via our hearing aids.”
-Annie, 16 Columbus, Ohio, United States
"Over the course of my life, I have used many FM systems at school. However, none of them compare to the Roger system my parents purchased for me. This system has completely defeated all the obstacles I had faced with FM systems in the past. It has really changed my life. It has boosted my grades at school, and it has given me a new sense of confidence. I no longer have to worry about static or FM channels. I feel comfortable with Roger and cannot wait to bring it with me to college!"
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