Minnetonka, Minn — hi HealthInnovations, a new division of UnitedHealth Group offering its own brand of hearing aids to consumers, has named Jerry L. Yanz, PhD, as vice president of hearing health. Yanz will lead the company’s growing team of hearing health professionals.

Yanz has experience in hearing health academia, as well as in the audiology clinic and the hearing-aid industry. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, he earned a master’s degree and PhD in hearing and speech sciences from the University of Iowa. He held a faculty position in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Minnesota and then directed a large audiology clinic in St Paul, Minn.

Since joining the hearing-aid industry, Yanz has operated as an executive leader in both product research and development and ongoing education of hearing professionals. He has also presented courses at many national and international conferences.

“Dr Yanz’s extensive clinical, scientific and industry experience will be instrumental in enabling hi HealthInnovations to further its mission of providing affordable access to high-quality hearing solutions to more Americans,” said Lisa Tseng, MD, CEO of hi HealthInnovations. “We are excited to welcome Dr Yanz to the team.”

hi HealthInnovations has recently begun to hire audiologists and dispensers for its new company.

SOURCE: UnitedHealth Group