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Former Starkey/Northland Hearing CEO Jeffrey Longtain Pleads Guilty to Income Tax Evasion

Lede   Previous coverage: Former Starkey Exec Longtain Charged With Tax Evasion; Ruzicka Alleges Austin’s Bizarre Behavior Head Of Starkey Subsidiary Northland Hearing Jeffrey Longtain Charged


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Former Starkey Exec Longtain Charged With Tax Evasion; Ruzicka Alleges Austin’s Bizarre Behavior

Fun Times this week in the Starkey Swamp: New court filings allege Bill Austin told workers that after he shot a deer dead, the animal asked


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#FakeNews: Hearing Health Matters Omits Top School From US News Rankings

Every year US News ranks the now-74 AuD (clinical doctorate) programs, and the folks at Hearing Health Technology Matters writes a summary, so imagine our surprise


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Head Of Starkey Subsidiary Northland Hearing Jeffrey Longtain Charged With Felony Tax Evasion: Updated

Head Of Starkey Subsidiary Northland Hearing Jeffrey Longtain Charged With Felony Tax Evasion: Single charge was outlined in a felony "information" court report, which is sometimes


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WikiLeaks, DCLeaks & Guccifer 2.0 Leaked Clinton Documents and Starkey

The Hearing Blog scours the WikiLeaks, DCLeaks, and Guccifer 2.0 treasure trove of e-mails for any connections to Starkey Hearing Technologies and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
The picture from the Starkey swamp is becoming somewhat clearer now that the 29 search warrants against the fired executives have been unsealed, as the story


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We Can’t Make This Up: Starkey Korea’s “Proclamation Event” With Local Partners Med-El & Dongsan

Sometimes things cross our desk which make us bust out laughing. Today, we have this gem from Starkey Korea’s “Proclamation Event:” During the agreement ceremony on Sept.


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INDICTED! Former Starkey Execs Ruzicka, Nelson, Miller Charged with Embezzling $20 Million

The mud is flying in the Starkey swamp! Three former Starkey execs plus two more at hearing aid component supplier Sonion were just indicted for embezzlement,


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Sonova Stock Hits 52-Week High

Three months ago we advised our readers to buy Sonova (SOON.S; SONVY ADR) stock when the market over-reacted to a slightly weaker-than-expected earnings report, dropping


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In recent years both former Presidents Clinton and Bush have attended Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual star-studded “Awards” Gala, and both have received millions in dollars for


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Our good friends at Hearing Tracker asked us to ask our readers to take this very brief survey on how long their hearing aid batteries last. Thank


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He's been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Amber Heard. But for now that shouldn't be a problem for Johnny Depp, who was


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Time to buy Sonova: Over-reacting to a sluggish European market, a slightly softer–than–expected earning report caused Sonova Holdings (SOON.S; SONVY ADR) to tumble as much as 8.3% from the previous


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In what can only be described as a case of yet another European business overpaying for American assets, GN Store Nord’s ReSound division purchased the Audigy


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With great sadness we report the sudden passing yesterday of Dr John Niparko, one of the very finest CI surgeons in the world; and quite a


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Where Have All the Ear Infections Gone? Author Perri Klass MD discusses the factors leading to the downward trend. What’s more, iPhone–based telehealth is already playing a


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Four Simple Inexpensive & Free Steps To Speed Up Your Hearing Device Programming PC

 Nothing is more frustrating to a hearing aid or CI patient than to wait while programming due to slow PC response, usually centered around slow NOAH


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Former Starkey CEO Jerry Ruzicka just filed a whistleblower lawsuit, claiming owner Bill Austin and his family improperly used millions of dollars of company money, and


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We at The Hearing Blog have been banging the drum for residual hearing preservation after CI surgery since June, as the post-implant performance is much better,


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This article excerpts parts of the Pew Research Report "From Telephone to the Web: The Challenge of Mode of Interview Effects in Public Opinion Polls" which


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We at The Hearing Blog have been banging the proverbial drum for the benefits of hearing aid speech envelope preservation for some time now: Ear &


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BREAKING IN THE HEARING BLOG: FBI Raids Former Starkey Prez Jerry Ruzicka's Home


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Sonova made a Big Splash here at The Hearing Blog, introducing the first 2.4 gHz all-digital "Moore's Law" 802.15.4 Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n


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Today's Guest Article is on 2.45 gHz streaming audio by 802.11 WiFi as well as 802.15.4 Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy ("BLE"), and the various ways both


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In a previous article we stated you want to assure your surgeon will be using residual hearing preservation techniques to get the best performance, even if


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Former Starkey President Jerry Ruzicka and Operations VP filed their wrongful termination lawsuits Friday, and there are some new details of the palace coup by Brandon


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Some confusion surrounds the story we broke last Friday on the criminal money laundering probe into both Starkey Hearing Technologies and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and


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Some confusion surrounds the story we broke last Friday on the criminal money laundering probe into both Starkey Hearing Technologies and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and


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In early June as the full picture was emerging of the sleaze of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation money laundering and influence peddling operation,


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Buried on page 3 of this EE Times article on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) on their 10nM prep & 16 nM tuning, we find this


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Thirty Million Words book signing in Chicago by Dana Suskind MD will be on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the


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Wednesday September 9th was an eventful day at Starkey when Bill Austin's stepson Brandon Sawalich engineered a palace coup with at least six firings, including President


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Starkey fires President Jerry Ruzicka, Senior VP of Operations Keith Guggenberger, CFO Scott Nelson, Senior VP of Human Resources Larry Miller, executive assistants Julie Miller and


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Today’s article is written by Peter Phua, M.D., a graduate of McMaster University’s medical program. This is Dr Phua’s third contribution on tinnitus to The Hearing


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Editor’s Note: We had a publishing bug; so please see Guest Article: What Are The Most Common Tinnitus Frequencies?Our 3,000 word article on Selecting a CI Surgeon where Best Practices are discussed has generated quite a strong reaction in both the comments and on


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The Apple Watch has been a huge success for people interested in keeping up with their health, fitness and wellness. From reminding you to move around


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Today's Guest Article "Why Invisible Hearing Aids Don't Make You Happy" by Gianluca Trombetta is on why it's A Bad Idea to wear invisible hearing aids.


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The Digital “Moore’s Law” radio we first reported on in September 2012 will be the disruptive technology for wireless audio & data distribution to hearing aids


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“On day one of medical school we learned that you have to respect the tissue.” ~Daniel Coelho MD During our 1½ day training session at Oticon


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Hiring a cochlear implant surgeon for yourself or your child is just as important as selecting the right implant manufacturer, as the quality of the outcome


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HIA’s MarkeTrak IX Elegantly Smashed to Pieces by Amyn Amlani

New economic analysis by UNT Professor Amyn Amlani published in the euphemistically-titled "Assessing the Validity of MarkeTrak IX Adoption Rates" elegantly smashes to pieces the


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The Clinton Foundation's sleaze has extended to well-known hearing charity: We simply present the documentation and photos, and let the reader draw his or her own conclusions…


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GN ReSound shipped version 3.8.1 of their Aventa programming software to upgrade the firmware for the Enzo, LiNX, and LiNX² for Android compatibility; and once again, for


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London’s Molly Watt is an amazing 20 year old lady who has Usher Syndrome type IIa, which left her severely deaf at birth and is progressively


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You get your vision & dental health checked annually, so shouldn’t you get your hearing health checked every year as well? May is Better Hearing & Speech Month, and almost every hearing care professional offers free screenings as


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Distinguished University of Tennessee Audiology researcher Anna K Nabelek PhD passed away Saturday, May 2nd at the age of 81. From her obituary in the Knoxville News-Sentinal: Anna [Karczewska-Nabelek] graduated with a Ph.D. degree in acoustics from


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The Hearing Blog accepts no advertising so we can accurately report our findings without our judgment being clouded by financial considerations, such as retribution by advertisers other publications may face. While researching an article on selecting a


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