Starkey Sound Bites

Starkey Sound Bites

Starkey Sound Bites is a podcast that shines a light on hearing loss, new research about how it is connected to overall health and wellness, and new hearing aid innovations that make it easier for people to hear better, so they can live better. Hosted by Starkey Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Dave Fabry.

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August 3, 2022 43 min

Professional athlete and longtime hearing aid wearer, Tyson Gillies, tells Dave what it’s like being an elite athlete with hearing loss, how he had to work extra hard to overcome other’s perception of his loss, the toll it takes on your mental health, and how — with help from his hearing professional and modern hearing technology — he’s been able to maintain his competitive edge.

 

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Disability rights advocate, public speaker and Vietnam veteran, Richard Pimentel, takes Dave through his hearing loss story, why he refused to change his dreams to fit his situation, how he became a key player during the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the difference between backpacks and baggage.

 

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Jessica Perez, Starkey’s Chief People Officer and Executive VP of Culture, sits down with Dave to explain how COVID blurred the lines between business and personal, why hiring for culture is so important, being your authentic self, flexible work policies, and creating an environment that cultivates success.

 

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Audibel’s Global Director of TeleHear and Clinical Training, Kristy Lowery, Ph.D., joins Dave to discuss the evolution of telehealth in the hearing industry, explain how the pandemic made it mainstream, share real world telehealth success stories, and make the case for why every hearing professional should implement it.

 

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While in town from his home in Zambia, Dr. Alfred Mwamba stops by the studio to share with Dave how he got into audiology via tennis, the idiosyncrasies of hearing loss and hearing health in Africa, advocating for better hearing, and making the choice to serve and change lives.

 

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What’s new in hearing aids? Which one is right for me? Can they relieve my tinnitus? And aren’t they all the same? Host Dave Fabry, Ph.D, Archelle Georgiou, MD, and Jamie Myers, Au.D. answer these questions and more in this special Better Hearing Month podcast.

 

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Dave invites Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of The Special Olympics, to the podcast to discuss his organization’s alliance with Starkey Cares, never saying “I’m just…”, putting the power of connections over “things”, and creating a movement that’s a welcome place for people who want to make a difference.

 

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Starkey President and CEO, Brandon Sawalich, sits down with Dave to discuss why Covid erased any doubts that hearing is essential, how Starkey never stopped innovating during the pandemic, industry challenges and opportunities, the Starkey Expo, and why focusing on the patient has been a key to our success.

 

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Thorsten Quaas, Starkey’s VP of European Sales, talks to Dave about his 36 years in the industry, how hearing aid technology has changed during that time, the art of custom devices, and what people outside of the U.S. are looking for from hearing aids.

 

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Dave talks to Justin Osmond about growing up hard of hearing in a musical family, being a hearing aid power user, the awesomeness of accessories, and why — even though he may have hearing loss — he refuses to let hearing loss have him.

 

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Peter Scheifele, Ph.D., calls in from the University of Cincinnati’s FETCHLAB to discuss how he began studying animal audiology, what humans have learned from animal hearing research, how to know if your pet is deaf, and hearing aids for dogs.

 

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Starkey’s Chief Philanthropy Officer, Tani Austin, joins Dave to discuss strong women role models, Starkey Cares, fitting hearing aids on people across the globe, and always putting the patient first.

 

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Dave talks to Starkey’s Founder, Owner and Chairman, Bill Austin, about how he got his start in the hearing industry, his quest to help the world hear, what he loves about custom hearing aids, and why caring is at the core of what we do.

 

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The one and only Huey Lewis joins Dr. Dave to share his path to being a rock star, how Menière’s disease cut his singing career short, and why he recommends hearing aids to anyone with hearing loss.

 

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Our Chief Technology Officer and EVP of Engineering, Achin Bhowmik, Ph.D., tells Dave what brought him to Starkey, how AI is a hearing technology game changer, and the many ways his team is turning hearing aids into want-to-have devices.

 

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HIA president, Kate Carr, and director of public policy & advocacy, Bridget Dobyan, call in to discuss what MarkeTrak data tells us about prescription hearing aids vs. PSAPs, the state of OTC legislation, and how they’re working to advocate on behalf of patient-driven hearing healthcare.

 

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Starkey’s Chief Compliance Officer and EVP of Corporate Relations, Michael Scholl, joins Dave to discuss how OTC, potential Medicare expansions and other developments in Washington, D.C. will impact hearing professionals and end users, what Starkey is doing to help guide new regulations, and how hearing professionals can ensure their voices are heard.

 

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Dr. Dave talks to the hearing industry’s only Chief Health Officer, Archelle Georgiou, MD, about her unique and important role here at Starkey, how hearing loss effects our overall health, why hearing professionals are vital to the healthcare ecosystem, and hearing loss during the holidays. 

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In our inaugural episode of Starkey Sound Bites, Dave talks to Dr. Sara Burdak, Starkey’s Chief Audiology Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing, about her path to becoming an audiologist, the impact of hearing loss, hearing aid stigma, and all the ways our new Evolv AI hearing aids erase that stigma and make better hearing effortless.

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October 18, 2021 2 min

Starkey Sound Bites host Dr. Dave Fabry introduces himself and the podcast. Monthly episodes will follow. Thanks for listening!

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