October 13th, 2021


Wednesday 13th October, 2021

Cedar Falls Lifestyle Inn Lounge and Conference Center

(Formerly the Clarion Inn)

Evolution of hearing aids and Industry Disruption:

Starkey’s “Healthable” Devices with sensors and AI on board


There are two basic types of hearing aids:

  • In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

In 2018 Artificial Intelligence was introduced to hearing aids by Starkey. Today, hearing aids are linked to smart phone applications. Beginning with fall detection and notification to designated helpers, artificial intelligence now separates voice from noise, translates language from speaker's to listener's, monitors heart rate, estimates blood pressure, even sleep percent oxygen. Blood glucose monitoring may potentially be in the future. Hearing aids do more than improve hearing, they improve health.

Program Chair: Steve Crouse

Speaker: John Sperry

John Sperry began his sales career at Kimberly Clark Medical as a Senior Clinical Sales Specialist. He has held sales positions with several companies and has been Starkey Hearing Technologies Senior Sales Executive since 2012. He 7embraces technology and is a proven repeat top performer across multiple specialties and industries in medical devices, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Meal: Dinner includes rolls, butter, coffee, tea and milk.

    • Lasagna

  • Green Beans

  • Bread Sticks

  • Raspberry / Peach Pie

Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions so that we can provide an alternative for you.

Price: $20.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

The Lifestyles Inn has requested that we collect cash for the meal and not checks. “Cash Please” ☺


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Dinner Meeting Location: Cedar Falls Lifestyles Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Presentation: ~7:30-8:30 PM

Dinner Reservations can be made by emailing:

: reservations@waterlootechnicalsociety.org ( Copy/paste the link into your email client )

Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by noon, Monday 11th October2021. Guests are always welcome.

Dues: Dues are used almost entirely for donations to local groups engaging in some technical field for which the money will make a real difference. Please join us in their support by becoming a member for $20 a year. Our Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail: friendfamily@cfu.net

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.