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Bill Austin Named As the First Goodwill Global Ambassador for Ear and Hearing Health

NEW YORK — Starkey Hearing Technologies CEO Bill Austin, was named as the Goodwill Global Ambassador for Ear and Hearing Health by the International Federation for Peace & Sustainable Development (IFPSD) last week during an event at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The IFPSD is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports…

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Former US Presidents Among Keynote Speakers at Starkey’s 2018 Hearing Innovation Expo in Las Vegas

Starkey Hearing Technologies announced that it is hosting the fourth Hearing Innovation Expo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This year’s event, which is being held on January 3-7, 2018, is expected to see more than 3,000 hearing professionals, scientists, industry experts and business leaders in attendance. A high profile list of keynote speakers are…

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Former Intel Executive Appointed as New Starkey CTO and EVP of Engineering

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA — Starkey Hearing Technologies announced the appointment this week of Achin Bhowmik, PhD, as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Executive Vice President of Engineering. In this new role, Dr. Bhowmik will be responsible for leading Starkey’s research and engineering efforts. Dr. Bhowmik is a well known authority in technology, with years…

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Starkey Eyes Rechargeable Future, Partners With Humavox

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Humavox, an Israeli-based startup, announced that it will be partnering with Starkey Hearing Technologies to bring wireless charging capability to the next generation of hearing devices. Integrating the wireless charging technology into Starkey’s devices will allow hearing aid users to simply “drop” their devices into the charging case to recharge, regardless of orientation in the case.…

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Former Starkey Executives Charged in $20 Million Embezzlement Scheme

Last September, Starkey made headlines when it abruptly fired President Jerry Ruzicka and several other executives amid accusations of illegal business activities. One year later, as reported in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and numerous other Twin Cities media outlets, Ruzicka, along with former CFO, Scott Nelson and former human resources director, Larry Miller were charged with…

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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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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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Starkey May Be Preparing for Auction Block: Local Report

A November 21st Minneapolis Star Tribune report indicated that Starkey Hearing Technologies may be a target for acquisition. According to the report, mass executive firings and subsequent turmoil have raised eyebrows within the industry and left Starkey Hearing Technologies in a vulnerable position. The speculation of a sale was first reported by Wayne Staab at HHTM…

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