About Us

Due to the new global reality Starkey Hearing Foundation focuses on the training and educating of those who give the gift of hearing to people in need. We believe hearing is a vehicle to reflect caring and to improve the lives of individuals, their families, and communities.


Our Story

As a young man, William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, realized his true calling in life was helping people hear, and that by doing so, he could have a lasting impact on the world.

For more than 50 years, Austin has been providing the gift of hearing to people in need, and to formalize the philanthropic efforts of Starkey Hearing Technologies, he officially founded Starkey Hearing Foundation in 1984. He had a simple premise:

"Alone we can't do much. Together we can change the world."

Our Vision

Austin built the organization on his vision—So the World May Hear. With the help of thousands of volunteers and supporters over the last three decades, we have expanded our reach from Minnesota across the United States and around the world.

Our Mission

Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission is to give the gift of hearing to those in need, empowering them to achieve their potential

By focusing on education and training, by collaborating with governments, nongovernment organizations, and health leaders, our goal is to make hearing healthcare services more accessible for people around the world.

To date we have given the gift of hearing in more than 100 countries. We have trained and educated volunteers around the globe, who continue today to help those in need in their communities.