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Chapter 8: Assistive Listening Systems

An assistive listening device amplifies sound. The system is comprised of a microphone and a transmitter (worn by the speaker) and a receiver and coupling device (worn by the listener) that transmits sound to the listener’s ear or hearing aid. Although not useful for all types of hearing loss, good candidates for the system experience an improved ability to hear both because of amplified sound and because the majority of environmental sounds are masked. Students who qualify for the use of an assistive listening system can check out the equipment through our equipment loaner program (see Chapter 7 for more information on the loaner program).

Phonak System

The DSS office has available the Roger system, made by Phonak, which contains a variety of components that may be used individually or in tandem, depending on the environment and needs of the user. The Roger system includes the following:

Roger on Neckloop: Worn around the neck, the Roger NeckLoop is a wireless Roger receiver that pairs any hearing device containing a T-coil to Roger microphones. The NeckLoop helps wearers understand speech better in noisy environments or at a distance from a speaker as the sound travels directly from the NeckLoop to one's hearing aids. The NeckLoop includes over 10 hours of battery life on a single charge and can connect from over 60 feet away from any Phonak brand recording device.

Roger MyLink: (older model), has the same functionality as the Roger On Neckloop. Worn around the neck, the Phonak Roger MyLink is an inductive receiver compatible with any hearing aid or cochlear implant that has a telecoil or loop setting. It’s designed to work in tandem with a variety of Roger wireless microphones.

Roger On Microphone: Roger On is a multipurpose microphone that works in tandem with the Roger On Neckloop and/or MyLink. It is designed to let the user focus on exactly what they want to listen to, even when background noise is present or when there is distance between the speaker. The Roger On automatically switches between three modes - Presenter, Table, and Pointing and users can direct the mic to a specific individual. The device is Bluetooth compatible and is able to connect to audio from a TV, computer, or other multimedia devices.

Roger Pen Mic: The Roger Pen is the previous version of the Roger On Microphone.  With its ballpoint pen design the Roger Pen delivers excellent sound in an unobtrusive, light-weight device. Just like the Roger On Microphone, the Roger Pen can also connect to computers, TVs and mobile devices and also is compatible with MyLink model receivers.

Roger Table Microphone II: Roger Table Mic II is a microphone dedicated towards large group meetings. It focuses on the person speaking and switches automatically between the meeting participants. Utilizing multiple microphones, beams are created in six directions to cover 360°. The signal-to-noise ratio for all six directions is calculated to focus specifically on the speaker for the best clarity.  The Table microphone II has a 16-hour battery life making it ready for two full workdays on a single charge. It connects to the Roger MyLink and can be connected to create a network, making it ideal for large meeting configurations.

The DSS office also has available an FM system.  FM systems are designed for students who have hearing aids or implants which may not be compatible with the aforementioned Phonack listening system. These devices clip on the users belt similar to wireless mic systems that are used in TV and movie productions. Newer digital hearing aids will require assistance from an audiologist in order to adjust hearing aid settings to be compatible with the FM system.


  • Contact DSS office to request this accommodation by phone: (815) 921-2371, Email: or stop by
  • Eligibility for this accommodation is determined via an interactive conversation between the student and the Accommodations Specialist
  • Once the Accommodations Specialist has granted approval, this accommodation will be automatically requested by DSS every semester
  • Faculty will be notified of the accommodation via the Faculty Notification Letter
  • Students should contact DSS to schedule an appointment with the Assistive Technology Specialist to pick up the equipment and receive instructions on its use, if necessary. Students will also be required to sign a loaner agreement form outlining expectations for using this equipment
  • Students are responsible for contacting the DSS office regarding any questions or concerns they may have in relation to this accommodation. 

Students are responsible for the equipment issued by DSS and will be charged for loss or damage other than normal wear and tear. If equipment is not returned by the specified due date, a hold will be placed on the student's account.

For general inquiries and assistance related to using an FM system, please contact the Assistive Technology Specialist, Fred Williams, at (815) 921-2355 or