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Starkey Owner Takes the Stand

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The trial of former Starkey president Jerry Ruzicka and three others accused of stealing more than $20 million from Starkey through the illegal transfer of restricted stock resumed during the week of February 5th after a one week Super Bowl break. The resumption of the trial was highlighted by the testimony of…

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Oricula Therapeutics Gets FDA Clearance for Clinical Trials with Investigational New Drug

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Oricula Therapeutics, a biotech startup firm based in Seattle, announced today that it has received FDA clearance to begin volunteer human testing for safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of their investigational drug ORC-13661.  In animal studies, ORC-13661 was found to provide highly significant protection of hearing in rats exposed to high doses of aminoglycoside…

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Starkey Launches New Muse iQ Rechargeable Hearing Aids

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — Starkey Hearing Technologies announced the release of their new Muse iQ Rechargeable, which the company says is the “smartest, smallest rechargeable hearing aid on the market”. The new devices were announced at the 2018 Hearing Innovation Expo in Las Vegas, but are now available for purchase. The Muse iQ Rechargeable 900sync technology-enabled…

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Audiology Ranked Among Top Least Stressful Jobs for 2018

Audiology continues to find itself ranking among the “Least Stressful” jobs for another year. Audiology moved up one spot, to be listed as the 3rd least stressful job in 2018. Out of more than 200 jobs, ranks audiology with a job stress score of 7.22, out of a scale of 1 to 85–just slightly more stressful…

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Clearwater Clinical Receives CE Mark Approval for SHOEBOX Audiometry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Clearwater Clinical Limited announced this week that the company has received CE Mark approval for SHOEBOX Audiometry in Europe “as an audiometer intended for diagnosis of human hearing loss”. With the approval, SHOEBOX becomes the world’s first CE Marked iPad-based audiometer. The device is already listed as a Class II medical device…

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Former Starkey Executives on Trial: Update

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The trial continues for former executives of Starkey Hearing Technologies on charges of fraud and embezzlement. As HHTM readers will recall, Starkey’s longtime former president Jerry Ruzicka, chief financial officer Scott Nelson and vice president of human resources Larry Miller, were all fired in September 2015 by Starkey’s founder and CEO, Bill…

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GN Announces Development of New Communication Device for Soldiers in Combat

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Hearing aid maker, GN Store Nord, announced today that it has developed a new hearing protection device that allows soldiers to communicate on the battlefield, while also protecting their hearing. GN says that it will begin participating in military tenders in the US and with other NATO-countries this year, but says the…

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Amazon India Creates Silent Delivery Station, Managed by Deaf Employees

MUMBAI, INDIA — The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, has announced the launch of a so-called ‘Silent Delivery Station’ in Mumbai, India, managed almost entirely by Deaf employees. In collaboration with Mirakle Couriers, Amazon says the move is designed to empower and support diverse communities in the country by creating job opportunities. According to the…

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Energizer Acquires World’s Largest Hearing Aid Battery Supplier, Rayovac, in $2 Billion Deal

MIDDLETON, WISCONSIN — Within a week of media reports that Spectrum Brands Holding Inc was exploring the possible sale of its appliance and battery divisions, Energizer announced on Tuesday it would buy the company’s battery and portable lighting business in a $2 billion cash deal. By acquiring Rayovac from Spectrum as part of the deal,…

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