Summary: Phonak’s Roger On, a remote microphone designed for hearing aid wearers and cochlear implant recipients, has been awarded a Bronze in the 2024 Edison Awards under the Assistive Technologies category. 


  1. Roger On offers advanced functionality, such as automatic speech direction detection and setting adjustments, to improve speech intelligibility in noisy settings and over distances.
  2. The device has garnered multiple accolades, including the Edison Awards, reflecting its impact on making everyday communication accessible for people with hearing impairments, according to the company. 
  3. The Roger On has reached 100,000 devices in use, globally

Phonak announced that its Roger On remote microphone has been recognized as a 2024 Edison Awards Bronze Winner for innovation in the Personal Technology & Gadgets/Assistive Technologies category. 

The award marks the sixth major product recognition for Roger On and coincides with 100,000 Roger On devices in use worldwide. 

“Receiving an Edison Award in the Assistive Technologies category not only underscores the ingenuity behind our product, but also its profound impact on enhancing lives through accessible hearing technology,” says Laurent Saada, managing director, Sonova Communications AG. “Roger On is like a third ear for hearing aid wearers and cochlear implant recipients. It empowers people to fully engage in conversations, breaking barriers and fostering deeper connections with one another. In fact, this achievement comes at a time when we celebrate 100,000 human connections made possible each day thanks to Roger On.” 

How Phonak Roger On Works

Unveiled in 2021, the Phonak Roger On helps hearing aid wearers and cochlear implant recipients hear and understand speech in noisy situations and over distance. It automatically detects whether it’s being used on a loud dinner table, in hand-held pointing mode, or worn as a neck loop or lapel mic during a presentation. The capabilities of Roger On extend beyond simply transmitting speech directly into one’s ears. It instantly detects the direction of speech and automatically adjusts its settings to provide the best listening experience. 

In 2023, in response to the increasing number of people utilizing video conferencing at home, headset functionality was added to support two-way audio streaming when connected to a computer via USB. 

Further reading: New Phonak Hearing Aids Improve Speech Understanding in Noise

Accolades for Roger On

Since its debut, Roger On has been the recipient of numerous product design and accessibility honors including Red Dot and iF Design awards, German Innovation and Hearing Technology Innovator awards, and was also named a TIME 2021 Best Inventions Special Mention. 

“The judges were thrilled to honor Phonak’s Roger On as a groundbreaking category-changer this year, showcasing the power of innovation to improve our lives for the better,” says Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

The 2024 winners were evaluated through a thorough judging process based on four essential criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery, and Impact. A panel of leading business executives, past award winners, and esteemed professionals carefully assessed each product.

Photo: Phonak