William F. Austin founded the Starkey Hearing Foundation in 1984 with the premise: “Alone we can’t do much, but together we can change the world.” Starkey Hearing Foundation’s national programs and global missions bring understanding among individuals and communities through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment. This one by one, community by community movement promotes the belief that hearing is the answer to many of the world’s most intractable problems: isolation, poverty, and illiteracy.

Although hearing loss affects 63 million children worldwide, many do not have access to hearing devices. Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually and, as a member of President Clinton's Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade.

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