Starkey Hearing Institute Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia – Est. 2016

The Next Generation of Hearing Care Professionals

Nearly 136 million people in the African region live with hearing loss. With a growing population, it is projected that by the year 2050, 337 million people, many of whom are school-aged children, will have problems with their hearing.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation recognized in order to combat this growing need we’d need not only more hands, but local hands.

The institute’s groundbreaking hands-on training program has been designed to to equip a new generation of professionals for the future.

On Campus

The Starkey Hearing Institute Zambia has on average a class size of 20 individuals ranging in different demographics such as nurses, clinicians and age, from all parts of the regions of Africa, all welcomed on fully funded scholarships covering tuition, supplies, room and board.

Once a barren landscape, the Institute has thrived into a center of learning and community with classrooms, dormitories, an event hall, newly built  recreation center generously donated by our partner Delta Zeta, a newly developed state-of-the-art skills lab contributed by Gyl & David Kasewurm, and even a self-providing farm for its students, workers and neighboring community.


The program features a concentrated, 10-month curriculum that focuses on primary ear and hearing care training, as well as public health training.

Modules include Professional Considerations, WFA® Community-Based Hearing Healthcare, Auditory Sciences, Introduction to Hearing Loss and Hearing Instruments, Audiometric Assessment, Amplification and Fitting Techniques, Ear Impressions and Earmolds, Counseling and Follow-up Care, Public Health Training and Primary Ear and Hearing Care.

Beyond Campus

Upon completion of the program, graduates can advance their education through Scotland’s Queen Margaret University’s HEDip Hearing Aid Audiology coursework, a first-of-its-kind program. Through our partnership, Starkey Hearing Institute graduates have a pathway to obtain university credits and higher degrees in audiology through this online program while continuing to work in their home country, without the need to travel to the UK for training.

Zambia Class of 2023 Graduation Video


Total graduates from the institute in Lusaka, Zambia in November, 2023


 Estimated number of individuals served yearly by Starkey Hearing Institute graduates and providers


Number of countries with access to hearing health care from graduates from the Starkey Hearing Institute in Lusaka, Zambia.

Hearing Access

In remote and rural areas in low to middle-income countries, the convenience to hearing health care is limited if not non-existent. Those struggling with impacted wax, hearing impairment, ear infections, or even simply wanting to screen their infant or child have no options to seek. By training community individuals and placing them back into their areas, no access turns into hope, joy, and care on all levels.

Approximate Total Number Individuals Served

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103 – students have participated in the 10-month in-depth curriculum and graduated with their Hearing Instrument Specialist Training and Certificate, students return to their vocations and communities, fully equipped to provide that area and beyond access to hearing services and educate people with hearing issues for years to come.

With each graduates comes the ability to access that is so necessarily needed.

Number of Graduates Per Year

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African Countries with Starkey Hearing Institute graduates and alumni

Burundi - 3

Cameroon - 2

Dem. Rep. of Congo - 2

Ethiopia - 2

Gambia - 4

Ghana - 2

Kenya - 13

Lesotho - 2

Liberia - 4

Madagascar - 2

Malawi - 4

Nigeria - 2

Rwanda - 4

Senegal - 1

South Africa - 1

Tanzania - 13

Uganda - 8

Zambia - 34

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.