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Starkey Announces Harvey Abrams, Ph.D., as Director of Audiology Research

MINNEAPOLIS, April 6, 2010 - Starkey Laboratories, Inc., one of the world's leading hearing technology companies, today announced the appointment of Harvey Abrams, Ph.D., to the position of Director of Audiology Research. Dr. Abrams is responsible for leading the Audiology Research Department within the Research Division at Starkey and for managing research relationships with university audiology researchers worldwide.

Dr. Abrams is a leader within the Audiology community, having written many papers and book chapters on evidence-based practice, outcome measures, treatment efficacy, and patient quality of life. He has played a prominent role in organizations such as AAA and ASHA, participating as a member and chair on many committees and task forces.

"Starkey's commitment to patient-focused, evidence-based innovation is evident throughout the organization," Abrams said.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Abrams obtained his bachelor's degree at the George Washington University and both his master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Florida. Dr. Abrams most recently was Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines, Fla. Earlier positions include Director of Research at the Audiology & Speech Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines. Dr. Abrams has held academic appointments at the University of South Florida, the University of Maryland, Salus University, and the University of Florida.

"The skills and experience that Harvey Abrams brings to Starkey are extraordinary," said Brent Edwards, Ph.D., Vice President, Research. "His research focus on patient benefit perfectly matches Starkey's mission to improve the patient journey. We look forward to his leadership in audiology having an immediate impact on audiologic research at Starkey and strengthening our already strong evidence-based development approach."

About Starkey®

Starkey Laboratories, Inc. is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn. The company is recognized for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Founded in 1967, Starkey employs over 3,500 people, operates 22 facilities and conducts business in over 100 markets worldwide. For more information, visit or the Starkey web channel on Audiology Online