This is important for all students, including with hearing lossto hear well in school. Now technology is helping to provide a solution for better hearing in the classroom.
Phonak, a global provider of hearing solutions, has an accessibility technology called “RogerTM for Education ”, which includes Roger Touchscreen Mic, an intuitive microphone for teachers; Roger Pass-around, a pass-through microphone for students so that a hearing-impaired student can hear the comments of both the teacher and a classmate; and the Roger Multimedia Hub, which can connect to any multimedia device used in the classroom.
Whitney Spaniel, marketing manager at Phonak, and both of her children have hearing loss. Her daughter in fourth grade and her son in kindergarten have Roger technology in their classes.
“We live in a noisy world, especially in the classroom. In classrooms, noise comes from heating, ventilation, ventilation, hallways and windows that open onto the playground. Noise is everywhere, ”she says. “And when there is noise from everywhere, it becomes difficult to hear the teacher. We really don’t want children to miss any part of this educational lesson or opportunity to communicate. “
Here’s how it works: Spaniel’s child gives the teacher a Roger touchscreen microphone that the teacher wears around her neck. This is where the magic happens.
“Roger can help overcome noise and distance because he picks up voice from the microphone worn by the teacher and wirelessly transmits it to the listener’s ears,” says clinical audiologist Dr. Andrea Dunn, World Pediatric Clinical Development and Research. manager at Phonak.
Roger technology is easy to use for teachers and it integrates with any brand and model of hearing aid or cochlear implant. This can be useful in the classroom for students with hearing loss, as well as for students who have difficulty hearing for a variety of reasons, including loud classes and the use of masks during a pandemic. Improved hearing enhances students ’learning potential and improves the overall experience for both teachers and students.
“Much of the learning that happens to students is random learning,” says clinical audiologist Bill Bielski, AuD, senior marketing manager at Phonak. “It is important to know that the Roger system allows you to establish excellent communication with the main speaker, in this case with the teacher.
“The setting allows for mixing, so when someone in the back row raises their hand and answers a question, and maybe there’s a discussion in the classroom, they also have access to it. Without any connection like Roger, they could have missed it all. ”
Normally hearing aids can process sound within five feet of the person wearing it. Roger technology is adaptive, automatically adjusts to background noise and the user’s distance from the speaker.
“She is constantly monitoring the environment and watching how the noise level changes, how it needs to change the signal gain to ensure that it consistently provides a high signal-to-noise ratio,” says Dan.
Improving access to hearing technology through advocacy and awareness is very important to Phonak. For example, the company has an online simulator that helps people understand what it is like to listen in class from the first, second or third row, in masks and without. Listen here
Many school districts use American plan of salvation (ARP) funding to pay for Phonak technology. Parents, teachers and audiology educators can ask their schools and school districts about implementing Roger technology in their classrooms.
During the pandemic, when students and teachers were in masks, Spaniel advocated handing out microphones and speakers in the classroom to her children’s school. She says all the children in the class benefited from the microphone and speaker, noting that students ’hearing processing can strain the brain.
Learn more about how Roger technology can benefit students in your school: hearagaintoday.com/PhonakKids.