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Brandon Sawalich Named Starkey’s New President

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA — In a company announcement yesterday, Starkey Hearing Technologies reported that Bill Austin will be stepping down from his role as President and will be succeeded by his stepson, Brandon Sawalich. Austin is said to retain his title as CEO and will continue to be involved in driving the company’s “strategic direction…

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UPDATE: Reports Surface of an Audigy Sale to Starkey

UPDATE 5/15/16: Confirming months of rumors and speculation that Audigy was potentially courting bidders, GN ReSound announced in press release on May 15th that it has signed a long-term supply agreement with Audigy Group, which includes a contingent agreement to acquire the company, in a deal worth up to $151 million.   Rumors continue to swirl about…

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When, Not if: More Disruptors Entering the Hearing Marketplace

On the heels of Starkey’s announcement of their industry-first partnership with the upstart hearable company, Bragi, more news of other products entering into the ear-level amplification space are emerging. As early as February 21st, hearing care professionals just might get a peek at a new hearing aid option for their patients. In a report from April 2015, Samsung…

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Starkey Bets on Hearables: Announces Partnership with Bragi to “Transform” Hearable & Wearable Tech

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — As Starkey Hearing Technologies kicks off their 2016 Hearing Innovation Expo today in Las Vegas, one of the largest events for independent hearing care professionals in the US, a strategic partnership has been announced between the company and German startup Bragi, creators of The Dash, touted as “the world’s first truly wireless hearable”. Chris…

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Former Starkey President, Jerry Ruzicka, Files Suit; Seeks Millions in Damages

EDEN PRAIRE, MINNESOTA — Starkey Laboratories’ ousted president, Jerry Ruzicka, on Friday filed a long-threatened lawsuit against the company, alleging several instances of wrongdoing by owner Bill Austin and members of his family. In a story first reported on the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s website on January 15, former Starkey executive Jerry Ruzicka, filed a lawsuit…

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Starkey Foundation Target of Whistleblower Suit

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA — In a story first reported by Law 360, a former employee of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Maria Vanessa Boys Smith, sued the company in California state court on December 18, claiming that she was fired after reporting the foundation inflated the number of devices it donated.{{1}}[[1]]The case is Maria Vanessa Boys Smith…

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SHOCKED: FBI, IRS Raid Home of Jerry Ruzicka, Former Starkey President

PLYMOUTH, MINNESOTA — In another shocking turn of events following the abrupt firings of 4 senior executives at Starkey Hearing Technologies in September, the home of former President Jerry Ruzicka was raided today by the IRS and the FBI. The FBI and IRS raid, which has received prominent television coverage in the Twin Cities, including reporters on the scene…

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FIRED: Starkey Fires President and Three Other Top Executives

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA — The fifth largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world, Starkey Hearing Technologies, has terminated the employment of its president and three of the company’s top executives. All four executives were abruptly terminated, say sources, including Jerry Ruzicka-President, Scott Nelson- CFO, Keith Guggenberger- Senior VP of Operations, and Larry Miller- Senior VP of Human Resources. By…

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Starkey takes stand against “commoditization” of hearing aids via sales to big box stores

By David H. Kirkwood The controversy over Phonak’s decision to sell hearing aids through Costco heated up last week when Starkey Hearing Technologies told its customers that the decision by Phonak and its parent, Sonova, “does not align with Starkey Hearing Technologies’ values and principles.” In an April 10 e-mail addressed “Dear Valued Customers,” Brandon…

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ADA announces campaign to expand Medicare coverage of audiologic services

PHOENIX—The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) unveiled a new campaign last week during its annual meeting that will advocate for changes in the Social Security Act (SSA) to improve audiologic care for Medicare beneficiaries. Among its objectives is to finally achieve audiology’s unfulfilled goal of providing Medicare patients with direct access to audiologic treatment.…

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