William F. Austin, Founder and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies and Founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, Has Been Honored with the 2015 Titans of Technology Hall of Fame Award From Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

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MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Starkey Hearing Technologies is pleased to announce that William F. Austin, founder and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies and founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, has been honored with the 2015 Titans of Technology Hall of Fame award from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The Titans of Technology awards honor the region's technology visionaries for outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing, and accelerating the performance of the technology industry and adoption of technology in Minnesota. More than 100 technology professionals and supporters were nominated for the awards. The winners were selected by a judging panel of editors and technology industry veterans including several 2014 Titans of Technology honorees.

"This is a very exciting award for Mr. Austin, as it celebrates his life's work," says Brandon Sawalich, senior vice president of Starkey Hearing Technologies. "As a technology pioneer, Mr. Austin leads the convergence of hearing technology and computing technology. As a global humanitarian, Mr. Austin uses Starkey's superior sound to share the gift of hearing, increase awareness of hearing loss, create acceptance of hearing aids, and provide education. Because of Mr. Austin's vision, passion, and commitment to technology, Minnesota—and the world—has become a better place."

About Starkey Hearing Technologies
Starkey Hearing Technologies is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded in 1967, the company is recognized for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. In addition to employing more than 3,600 people, operating 21 facilities and doing business in more than 100 markets worldwide, Starkey Hearing Technologies proudly supports its philanthropic arm: Starkey Hearing Foundation. The foundation, which uses the gift of hearing as a vehicle to change lives around the world, is nearly 50 percent ahead of its goal of giving one million hearing aids this decade. Starkey Hearing Technologies develops, manufactures and distributes hearing aids via four distinct brands – Audibel®, NuEar®, MicroTech™ and its original brand, Starkey. For more information, visit www.starkey.com and www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

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