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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 which is the subject of one FBI investigation. Significantly revealed


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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, and there is a much lower risk of tinnitus.
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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 apply to MarkeTrak VIII and how these factors, among others


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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 & Hearing just published a nice paper sponsored by Oticon on


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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 WiFi radio chip, debuting in 2016… And we are quite


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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 protocols coexist side-by-side both for audio streaming and control. This


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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 there is no residual hearing remaining, in order to keep


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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 Sawalich. However, as we wrote in our exclusive last Friday,


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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 with the help of a late July investigation by Minnesota


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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 this article will attempt to explain what it means for


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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, we connected the dots back to Bill Austin and his


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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 throwaway sentence: "In addition, it will expand its capabilities in


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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 Chicago Public Library


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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 Jerry Ruzicka, CFO Scott Nelson, Senior VP of Operations Keith


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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 Kim Mohlis; on September 13 Austin fired Jeff Longtain,


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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 Blog, his previous Guest Articles being Notched Sound Therapy as


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Editor’s Note: We had a publishing bug; so please see Guest Article: What Are The Most Common Tinnitus Frequencies?


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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 social media, prompting this addenda to clarify a few items.
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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 if you’ve been sitting for too long to telling you


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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. Our own opinion is that tiny completely-in-canal and other custom


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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 & CI’s using the 2.45gHz ISM band via 802.11 WiFi


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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 USA’s headquarters last week, we were made aware of their excellent


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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 is at stake. Unlike fitting hearing aids where the Best


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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 fatally flawed MarkeTrak IX "study" spewed forth by Hearing Industries


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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 the second time in three months this vital piece of software


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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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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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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 a highly relevant Pew Research Center study on Older Adults


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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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We at The Hearing Blog see some pretty dumb things in our travels, but this one out of Chicago where the pediatric audiologist uses an airtight-sealed earmold on a brand new Med-El Sonnet CI speech processor takes the


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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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Lots of Good Stuff coming out today from Advanced Bionics, Phonak, and Med-El: Advanced Bionics will finally add Wi-Fi to it’s new speech processor; Phonak will add “Teen-Speak” technology to their hearing aids; MED-EL Announces New


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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, after just having launched the LiNX² series, maintaining their “policy”


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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 brand hearing aids at the 10 Costco stores in South Korea?


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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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Normally we at The Hearing Blog shy away from world events; however this development is so dangerous — and cuts across all party lines — that we had to bring it to the attention of our Readers,


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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 Euro to snap up 100% of Hamburg-based Hansaton Akustik GmbH, along


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Much has been written about just what colors #TheDress are, whether it’s blue & black, or like we first saw it, white and gold. We’re going to have a little Friday fun and show how this actually


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For several decades damage from noise-induced hearing loss has been monitored using threshold sensitivity measurements recorded on the conventional pure tone audiogram; and more recently, measuring damage to the delicate outer hair cells in the cochlea


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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 Wm Demant’s YourHearing.com — Their answer to Phonak’s Hearing Planet


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The FM assistive listening system is one of the most powerful weapons in the arsenal against deafness, especially with children, which is why many experts as well as we at The Hearing Blog believe it should


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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 the hot topics here on The Hearing Blog has been


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