Consumer Roger Technology

Roger On iN – tested in an educational setting

March 27, 2024

“I’m in my early 50’s and have severe hearing loss in one ear and moderate hearing loss in the other. Rob fitted me with Phonak hearing aids which do a pretty good job, but I was still struggling to hear in lots of situations especially on days when my hearing loss is worse. I was concerned that I was missing out on a lot of conversations especially with my family. I was very keen to try the Roger On as I wanted to try anything that would help me hear even just a little bit better.

I was really impressed from the start – it’s very straightforward to use and helped a lot more than I’d hoped. I tend to use it most for one-to-one conversations and either prop it up using the case it comes in on a table in front of the person I’m speaking to, hold it in my hand and point it at their face or sometimes they hang it round their neck. If I’m out and about with one of my teenage children they usually wear it and it’s made a huge difference to car journeys, shopping trips, dog walks and bike rides as it has meant we can have conversations when we are side-by-side and even quite a few metres away. In restaurants or at parties I tend to point it at the person I’m speaking to, and it means I can have a conversation when there is a lot of background noise. It also means that I can confidently go into situations (e.g. doctor’s appointments) knowing that I will be able to hear. Although it’s unobtrusive I’ve found that using the Roger On and telling people about why I am using it has been a good way for me to start a conversation with someone about my hearing loss and explain to them what helps me (please don’t cover your mouth!).

Everyone has been really interested in the technology. If the Roger On is in a good position, then I’d say the sound quality is as good as taking a mobile call when your phone is connected via Bluetooth to your hearing aids.

Of course, it’s not perfect and I still don’t always catch everything first time and I do have to remember to have it with me, get it out and start using it. And I’m a little less keen on the tabletop setting even when I turn some of the mics off using the app. Overall though, the Roger On has made a much bigger difference than I was hoping for and I can now go into noisy situations with much more confidence and, most importantly for me, hear better when I am out and about with one of my children.”


Anon, March 2024

Consumer Roger Technical

Roger On iN tested (West Yorkshire user)

February 23, 2024

Phonak Roger On™ – Microphone Transmitter – Review


I own a pair of Phonak Marvel M90 which I purchased in Nov 2019 from RJD Hearing Care at Cleckheaton. At a…

Consumer Oticon Product Tester Review Technical

Oticon Connectline TV

February 8, 2024

Oticon TV Streamer (Connectline TV 3.0) Problem Solved

The Streamer – The Problem – The Solution

The Streamer
If you rely on hearing aids, then a TV streamer is highly recommended. You…

Consumer Oticon Real

Oticon Real – Streaming of Audio – Android vs. IOS

January 16, 2024

Oticon and Android
Can the Oticon More (and Oticon Real) be used with an android phone? Well, yes, they can. A good Bluetooth connection to a phone is important to many people for steaming audio generally and for clarity of hearing during phone conversations. All this works fine on an Android phone with Oticon More. As an Android user I went ahead and chose Oticon More knowing they are “made for iPhone” hearing aids but I did so because after trying others these were by far the best at improving my hearing. The quality of hearing comes first for me.

The Oticon App – Oticon Companion
The Companion app is the same on both Android and iPhone. The first Bluetooth pairing of the aids with your phone must be done through the Companion app.

At first glance, it may seem a rather limited app. I moved over to Oticon from Phonak so my first impression was that the Oticon companion seems to offer far less functionality and control over the hearing aids than the Phonak app does. But because the Oticon hearing aids themselves are so very clever I found that I no longer needed to switch programs and settings in the way the Phonak app allows, settings such as for in a restaurant, or a car, or a crowded environment, etc. I came to realize the Oticon app simply doesn’t need all that level of control. Those settings and that functionality is just not needed in the app. Oticon More does so much automatically.

Android and iPhone – the difference
There is a big difference between how the aids integrate with Android and iPhone. Firstly, the Companion app works on Android phone in pretty much the same way it does on an iPhone. Once the aids are paired you must load or launch the app each time you want to use it, It will connect with the aids at each launch (might be a bit of a wait) and it will run in the background. On Android, as it’s running in the background, you will be offered a very small letterbox menu that you can get to by swiping down from the top of the screen. There you may choose from volume levels and the programs in your aids. It is a very minimal menu. When the Companion app is closed, and stops running, this very small letterbox shortcut is gone too.

Although he Companion app works pretty much the same way in iPhone as in Android there is a huge difference in iPhone because even without launching the Companion app the hearing aids, once paired, are integrated and controls are always available whenever the aids are switched on. When users swipe down on the top right of an iPhone screen a menu of shortcuts is available. Here a shortcut for hearing aid controls is added. It is a box with the symbol of an ear in it (see the screenshot). This shortcut is always running without the Companion app needing to be launched.


Tapping the ear box opens up a full display of options for the hearing aids. There is information, background sounds and also of course the fantastic Listen Live function which only available on iPhone. None of that is available with the android phone. Listen Live turns the phone in to a remote microphone that can be placed at the centre of a table or held by somebody in a car when travelling in car or other noisy environment. So many uses!

To answer phone calls on an iPhone without taking the phone out of pocket of bag (not likely to get snatched then) a short press on any of the buttons on the aids does it and a longer press ends the call. To enable this function you to into the settings. See the screenshot. It is Setting/Accessibility/Touch/Call Audio Routing and in there you select Bluetooth headset” as that is what your aids are acting as then.


GH (product tester), Jan. 2024

Consumer Oticon Real

Oticon Real 1R

December 11, 2023

Oticon Real 1 re-chargeable


My first pair of hearing aids were Oticon Opn 1s, which I bought in 2016. I chose them over the Phonaks because I thought that the…