Our mission, "So the World May Hear," is about bringing understanding between people through caring and sharing. We believe caring develops trust and by sharing we find our humanity. We believe by growing engagement in this cause that we can increase tolerance and respect for life. Our goal is to pursue our mission with commitment so that future generations can live in a world with more caring and Peace.

Our Vision

William F. Austin founded Starkey Hearing Foundation in 1984 with the premise: “Alone we can’t do much, but together we can change the world.” At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, he reported on the “So the World May Hear” Commitment to Action: to give one million people hearing aids this decade to restore the gift of hearing, and to make a difference in people’s lives in new ways:

Our reward is in the faces and smiles of each person as we help them hear again. We truly live through what we give.

Starkey Hearing Foundation’s national programs and global missions add up to something larger: a movement that enables the world to hear, one by one and community by community. A movement that teaches. And one that believes hearing is the answer to many of the world’s most intractable problems: isolation, poverty, and illiteracy.


Founder & Co-Founder

  • William F. Austin
  • Tani Austin

Board of Directors

Richard Brown
Liz Tulach
Vice President
Jeff Papineau
Shara L. Pace
Benjamin Hopps
Dr. Earl Harford
Dr. Paul Nash
Dr. Rudi Unterthiner
Randy Schoenborn


Contact Us

Starkey Hearing Foundation

Main Office
6700 Washington Ave South
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
866.354.3254 tel
952.828.6900 fax

West Coast Office
12555 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 150
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310.691.1411 tel
310.691.1450 fax

Hear Now Program

Media Contact
Taylor Joseph

Additional Media Contacts
Lia Sherman
Exponent PR