Starkey Hosts Secretary of Veterans Affairs at Global Headquarters

Secretary Denis McDonough returns to his home state of Minnesota to learn about the best hearing technology for Veterans with hearing loss

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (July 24, 2023) – Starkey had the privilege of hosting the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, at its global headquarters last week. During the visit, McDonough toured Starkey’s technology center and manufacturing facilities, and learned more about Starkey’s all-new hearing aids, Genesis AI.

“I want to sincerely thank Secretary Denis McDonough for visiting Starkey headquarters, and his interest in learning about our newest developments,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “Our Veterans deserve the best technology and the best care. We look forward to continuing to work closely with him and his colleagues in Washington, D.C., sharing Starkey’s expert industry knowledge that has been acquired over more than five decades as a leader in hearing aid innovation.”

As the only American-owned hearing aid manufacturer, Starkey is proud to offer its award-winning, completely reimagined hearing technology, Genesis AI, through the Veterans Affairs Administration, Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Genesis AI pushes the edge of what’s possible and features an all-new processor, all-new sound, all-new industrial design, all-new fitting software, and all-new patient experience. For those experiencing tinnitus, the Multiflex Tinnitus Pro management tool has been proven to provide relief from ringing in the ears.

“We are honored that Secretary Denis McDonough chose to visit our campus to learn more about our new technology and the impact it can make for Veterans,” said Starkey Chief Audiology Officer, Sara Burdak, Au.D. “Tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two service-related injuries, and it is incumbent upon those of us in the hearing industry to provide our nation’s service members with the latest innovations to improve their quality of life. We are confident Genesis AI will not only treat their hearing loss, but their overall health and wellness.”

About Starkey
Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development, and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 5,000 employees, operates 29 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at

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