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New Technology to Help You Hear Better in Group Settings

Hearing loss is never more noticeable to a person than in a group setting. Whenever people are gathered together, there are a number of factors in play that create a “perfect storm” of hindrances to clear hearing.


First, group conversations often happen is places where other group conversations are happening, such as busy restaurants or crowded parties; that means, amid a great deal of background noise. Whether it is the collective “aural blur” of cascading voices from various corners, the annoying overtones of other activity (background music or the jostling of plates and utensils) or the direct distraction of another conversation just a few feet away, the general atmosphere that fosters group conversation is a challenge in and of itself.


Second, is the very nature of group conversation; for the most part, it isn’t a very orderly affair. At any given moment, two or more people may be vying for center stage, creating inaudible crosstalk for someone who has a hearing problem. Rapid-fire responses can leave that same person unsure of which direction a particular statement is coming from. And then there are the inevitable side-conversations that erupt, adding yet more competition for the main discussion.


Third, we have the diversity of voices in the mix. Loud talkers. Soft talkers. Talkers with poor diction. Talkers with accents of various kinds. You name it. The vocal range of the group itself adds one more layer of complexity for the person with hearing loss to navigate.


Group-conversation issues are a bit less daunting in more formal situations, such as business meetings, but there are still challenges. The quality of sound in a conference room can be quite poor, and not everyone respects the rules of politeness with regard to speaking out of turn and over others. Wherever they happen, group conversations bring the potential for frustration for the hearing impaired.


Roger to the Rescue
There are great hearing aids available today that do a lot to lessen the effect of background noise, but they can’t do it all, especially when it comes to solving the issues presented by the human element. That’s where Roger sound-gathering and streaming devices come in; they are changing the playing field for hearing impaired people.


Roger devices are simple, inconspicuous accessories that sit on a table and use MultiBeam Technology to gather speech from 360 degrees, selecting the primary speaker by calculating the direction from which the clearest sound is coming from at any given moment. Speech understanding in-group conversation amid loud noise has been found to improve up to 61% when a Roger device is being used.


That’s just a brief description of amazing changes Roger technology can make in the lives of hearing aid wearers. If you’re interested in learning more about what Roger can do for your ability to better enjoy group conversations, please contact us for a demonstration of this incredible technology.