MINNETONKA, MN–Jerry L. Yanz, PhD, an audiologist who has held prominent positions with hearing aid manufacturers, has been appointed vice-president of hearing health at hi HealthInnovations™, a UnitedHealth Group company.
Yanz, who most recently was director of audiology at Hansaton-US, will lead a team of hearing health professionals in implementing the introduction of hi HealthInnovations’ new line of hearing products that are dispensed directly to consumers via the Internet.
Yanz brings to his new position a depth and breadth of experience in academia, clinical practice, and industry. After graduating from Stanford University, he earned his master’s and doctorate in hearing and speech sciences, both from the University of Iowa. He held a faculty position in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Minnesota and later directed a large audiology clinic in St. Paul, MN.
Since moving into the manufacturing side of hearing care, Yanz has held executive positions in both product research and development and education of hearing professionals. These include being lead educator and senior staff audiologist at Starkey Laboratories and vice-president, education and training at Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments.
He has presented courses at many national and international conferences and has a passion for translating challenging technical concepts into language that makes them understandable and beneficial to practitioners and consumers.
“Dr. Yanz’s extensive clinical, scientific, and industry experience will be instrumental in enabling hi HealthInnovations to further its mission of providing affordable access to high-quality hearing solutions to more Americans,” said Lisa Tseng, MD, the CEO of hi HealthInnovations.