Browsing: Hearing Aids

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In a previous article on selecting the appropriate Phonak Roger receiver, we urged that all hearing impaired children use FM or digital Remote Mic technology to give them the improved signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio to increase their listening ease, hence


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More On The Defective HIA MarkeTrak 9 “Study”

After we published our article on how we believe the new MarkeTrak 9 survey is a “steaming pile of manure,” a loyal reader pointed us to


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The Hearing Industries Association trade group's Better Hearing Institute didn't like the results former director Sergei Kochkin PhD was finding in his MarkeTrak 1 through 8 research using a panel of 60,000 homes via the well-respected


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Susac Syndrome1, 2, 10-15  is an extremely rare (1 in 6 million) autoimmune disease which attacks the smallest blood vessels in the cochlea, retina, and brain, causing these vessels to become blocked. This decreased blood flow causes


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Several weeks ago our longtime friend Dr Bob Martin published the very helpful How to Design a “Maximum Hearing” Program for Sharon the schoolteacher who has a moderately severe hearing loss; but it’s worth deconstructing just why Sharon


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We have now received the third confirmation Starkey is selling their hearing aids in the 10 South Korean Costco dispensing locations, at least up to May of 2014 — And significantly after Bill Austin publicly said he wouldn’t.


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We at The Hearing Blog have confirmed through multiple sources that GN ReSound will make their premier LiNX hearing aid available at Costco starting April 1st,


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Does Starkey owner Bill Austin believe the media and his customers are stoopid, and expect that we at The Hearing Blog would not uncover his selling Starkey


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We at The Hearing Blog recommend FM or digital “spouse mic” assistive listening device (ALD) use for all hearing impaired people, so it warmed our hearts when our friends at AudiologyOnline.com offered three outstanding webinars presented by Linda Thibodeau


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In yet another blow to Siemens’ new owners, hearing aid manufacturer and retailer Sonova is taking advantage of the surge in the Swiss Franc against the


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Do they think people are stoopid? Changing the address from one driveway to another for the corner lot at Schoolhouse Road & Cottontail Lane in Somerset NJ does not make


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Our Good Friend Jason Galster PhD at Starkey publishes the Starkey Evidence Blog, which provides valuable information for those smart enough to read it. One of


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Bugfix Firmware Update For All ReSound LiNX & Enzo Hearing Aids… And They Screwed The Pooch With The Updater

If you own ReSound LiNX, Enzo or UP Smart, or corresponding Beltone First or Boost¹ hearing aids shipped before October 27th, contact your hearing aid professional


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Siemens Audiology Sold To EQT Partners for US$2.7 Billion; Sale Closes 1Q15

From the NY Times Dealbook: Siemens, the German engineering conglomerate, said on Thursday that it had agreed to sell its hearing aid unit to the European


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If you or a loved one owns Unitron  Moxi2 or Quantum2 hearing aids, there is now a free performance Flex:upgrade offer for devices purchased before July 31st, 2014, so call your hearing


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Sonova held their 2014 Capital Markets Day for European stock analysts on October 14th …And they were Not Impressed at all. First, expectations that new Phonak and


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“Bold” Claim By Siemens On Binax Hearing Aid Performance In Noise

Update 2 (November 3rd): The “Tech Topic” article titled Clinical Results with a New Wireless Binaural Directional Hearing System by Thomas A Powers PhD and Matthias


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The Hearing Blog has discovered that Phonak has just cut off all 7,000 hearing aid dispensers in the United States in their new licensing agreement for


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Digital FM assistive listening systems are a step up from older analog FM systems, as interference has become a growing problem, especially with CI’s, in our increasingly


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ReSound & Cochlear Wireless Accessory Compatibility

[SEE ARTICLE FOR LATEST UPDATES 4/17/2017] Over the last four years GN ReSound has released nine separate Unite wireless accessories for use with the Alera, Verso,


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Hearing Health Matters: David Kirkwood Taking Credit On The Blockbuster Costco-Phonak Story Where It’s Not Due. Imagine our surprise when our friends over at Hearing Health


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Nucleus 6 CI users in North America: The FDA’s Medical Device branch in Maryland has finally approved the 2.4 gHz digital wireless accessories licensed from GN


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The Hearing Blog has held off on publishing ratings on the ReSound LiNX “Made for iPhone” (MFi) hearing aid due to current drain issues, as unlike the #13-powered Starkey


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We at The Hearing Blog have No Connection to the new “Evil Audiologist” website, written by what must be a disgruntled insider, that has the hearing care profession


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First Person Report: Not Everyone Can Adjust to Digital Hearing Aids After A Lifetime Of Analog(ue)

Longtime UK hearing aid user Karen Stockton passionately describes in The Limping Chicken how what looks good on paper, namely that of “enhancing” audibility of sounds


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How the “secret sauce” in the Starkey S-series and the GN ReSound Sparx/Danalogic 6090 and GN ReSound Enzo, LiNX² & Enzo² hearing aids can help ANSD, profoundly deaf, and other challenging patients… UPDATE 2: Our


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Yes, you can safely wear your hearing aids to bed both for tinnitus suppression and environmental awareness: Here’s the recipe. We’ve been wearing hearing aids 24/7/365


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Your Friday Hearing Aid Humour For this one, look closely at the 51 second mark: If you thought that was funny, here’s Brian Williams talking to


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UPDATE: Reuters reports Sonova has completed the acquisition of Comfort Audio. (October 2, 2014) Sonova Holding AG and Comfort Audio i Halmstad AB (Sweden) have entered


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The Hearing Blog has learned that Siemens will place their hearing aid division up for sale again tomorrow (Wednesday May 7th). 11:45 PM EDT UPDATE: Reuters reports


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CONFIRMED: Phonak says it will distribute hearing aids through Costco

On Sunday March 9th at noon we broke the story that Costco will be selling Phonak premium hearing aids for $1349 through their 500+ dispensing locations;


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ANALYSIS: Advanced Bionics Will Be Harmed By Costco Selling Phonak Hearing Aids

As we broke the news yesterday that Sonova’s (symbol: SOON:VX) Phonak division will be selling premium hearing aids for $1349 at Costco “big box” stores in


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BREAKING NEWS: Costco to sell Phonak premium hearing aids for $1349

Phonak, having seen the July 2013 expansion of GN ReSound’s Minnesota facility to handle Costco’s business, wants a piece of the pie and is joining them


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Part and parcel for direct iPhone communications to hearing aids & CI’s is support for the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (“BLE”) protocol: Apple has had it in


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London’s Deafinitely Girly shows how the Phonak SoundRecover hearing aid frequency lowering scheme totally wrecks music… And when convolved with the groundbreaking research at Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience


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Telehealth is coming to the hearing care profession, and it will be everywhere from a pediatrician handing you the Georgia Tech Remotoscope attachment for your iPhone


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GN ReSound introduces the Phone Clip+ Bluetooth streamer, the first “Made for iPhone” device on the market… And The Hearing Blog has the review, including the


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HTC has rolled out an update to version 2.4.0 of its Hearing Aids app for the Windows Phone mobile platform. The app is a system tool for those


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Fifth in our “Made for iPhone” hearing aid series Several people who wear 5-6 year old hearing aids have written in asking if they should wait


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URGENT UPDATE: We just received a polite-but-panicked “OOPS!” phone call from a Starkey vice president… Turns out, this special Starkey PowerPoint presentation to the audiology students at


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What we at The Hearing Blog believe will be the foundation of the "Made for Apple" hearing aids by the Big Six hearing aid manufacturers, starting


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FCC Updates Standards on Mobile Phones and Hearing Aid Compatibility: On April 9, 2012, the FCC approved a new technical standard for testing phones for hearing


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Setting Hearing Aid Maximum Power Output Using Stapedial (Acoustic) Reflex Thresholds: How using the stapedial (acoustic; middle ear muscle) reflex in the tympanometer (impedance bridge) can


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The Telecommunications Industry Association Urges FCC to Retain Existing ANSI C63.19-2007 Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Requirements

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Auditory (Re)hab: The Missing Ingredient

Auditory Therapy: The Missing Ingredient. AR resources from MedEl, Cochlear, Advanced Bionics; Neurotone LACE; free pediatric resources from the John Tracy Clinic; a warning in a


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