Global Impact

Over the past 40 years, Starkey Hearing Foundation has brought the gift of hearing to nearly 1.5 million people around the globe, inspired by co-founders Bill and Tani Austin’s dedication So The World May Hear and supported by many generous donors.

Our model is built upon Starkey Hearing Foundation’s legacy of international hearing missions. During these missions in more than 100 countries, we helped people hear through testing, fittings, and hearing aid donations, but we also built long-term self-reliance by providing training and education to local professionals on hearing, hearing loss and hearing aids.

The Impact of Hearing Aids


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For people who are employed and fitted with hearing aids, 90% saw an improvement in their work performance. Of those previously unemployed, once receiving hearing aids, 56% have found new employment or a way to conduct business for a living.


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Since wearing hearing aids, 40% of school students had an increase of improvements in school performance or attendance.

Quality of Life

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80% of people age 60 years and older who received hearing healthcare report an improvement in their ability to socialize and connect with those around them.

Source: Starkey Hearing Institute, Survey on The Impact of Hearing, (Lusaka Zambia 2022)

2018 Global Country Coordinator Summit

The 2018 Global Country Coordinator Summit was a training and educational summit where Starkey Hearing Foundation worldwide Country Coordinators and International Development Directors came together to unite, refresh, advance, and support one another while learning and applying best practices to the WFA® Community-Based Model.

In attendance were 80 people, representing over 45 countries which expanded from Jamaica, to Rwanda; India, to the Philippines; Guatemala to Palestine.

The event was a success in, “bringing the entire global team together under one dream and philosophy.”

1.5 Million

More than 1.5 million hearing health care services provided to people in need worldwide.

100+ Countries

We reflect caring and change lives through hearing.

40+ Years

We bring the gift of hearing to those who live in a silent world.

Give the Gift of Hearing

Help us continue to spread the gift of hearing around the globe and create the next generation of hearing healthcare leaders through the Starkey Hearing Institute, a program of Starkey Hearing Foundation.