The Phonak Roger Table Mic is the latest hearing technology from the Phonak Roger stable. We recently asked Lisa Caldwell, one of our most experienced freelance trainers at our sister company FM Hearing Systems to give the equipment a thorough test in a wide range of situations.
What is the Table Mic?
Created to deal with situations that even the Phonak Roger Pen finds challenging, the Phonak Roger Table Mic is a square sterling silver colour box measuring approx. 8cm x 8cm. It comes with simple controls and a remote which allows you to mute and unmute the Table Mic without leaving your seat.
The Table Mic is designed for meetings of 8+ people which typically take place in bigger rooms, or around longer tables. There’s a useful video that demonstrates the difference the Table Mic offers compared to the experience of listening purely with hearing aids.
I personally found it useful in all sorts of meetings – sometimes a small group of people can end up meeting in a big room, or a room with high ceilings. So it’s worth taking into account not just the size of your meetings, but the typical environment in which they are held, when assessing the technology you need.
I tested the Table Mic in networking meetings around tables and in more informal settings like hotel lounges.
I was pleasantly surprised by the experience in a hotel lounge. We gathered around the edges of a large room, and listened to a chairperson, a speaker and each other as we introduced ourselves. Placing the Table Mic on a coffee table near the speakers allowed me to enjoy a meeting without straining to lip read people at a distance. And the Table Mic’s 20+ metre range meant I picked up everyone in the room with ease.
At more formal networking meetings I’ve used the Table Mic in network with a Roger Pen or the Roger Clip-on Mic. This is simple to achieve. It means I can hear the speaker using the Clip-on Mic or Pen, and rely on the Table Mic to pick up questions asked by others in the room.
Although the Table Mic wasn’t designed with socialising I mind, I tested it while having dinner with friends and family at home. That worked well – after all it’s like sitting in a big meeting. But it was a step too far when I took it to the pub on a Saturday night. The combination of music, lots of people and increasing noise levels made discerning one voice from another in our group more difficult as the evening wore on.
I think the Phonak Roger Table Mic is a very worthwhile piece of kit if you have business or networking meetings in challenging spaces. Like all technology, including hearing aids, it has its limitations, but in the environment it was designed for proves very useful.
I hope you find my experiences with the Phonak Roger Table Mic are useful.
To find out if the Phonak Roger Table Mic could help you, contact us.