Football and hearing issues came together for the Super Bowl

By David H. Kirkwood EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—There were a lot of hearing angles to the 2014 Super Bowl, played last Sunday in New Jersey. For one thing, there was the Seattle Seahawks’ much heralded (and much criticized) “12th Man,” as the team’s incredibly noisy legion of fans came to be known. As noted by ASHA’s Joe…

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World leaders and other celebrities help raise $8 million “so the world may hear”

    ST. PAUL, MN—Luminaries from the worlds of entertainment, sports, government, business, and philanthropy joined with hearing care professionals on July 28, for the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s 2013 So the World May Hear Gala. The annual event, which drew over 1600 people, raised a record sum of more than $8 million to support the…

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Former President Bush goes on Starkey Foundation mission in Tanzania

MINNEAPOLIS—Former President George W. Bush recently joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s global effort to provide hearing care to people in need. Earlier this month, he personally worked with foundation professionals in providing customized hearing devices to 222 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The foundation was started more than 20 years ago by William Austin,…

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Bombs at Boston Marathon expected to take a heavy toll on victims’ hearing

BOSTON—Everyone knows about the tragic loss of life caused by the two bombs that exploded last week near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The grievous injuries to scores of spectators, which cost many of them their legs, have also been widely reported. However, it is almost certain that the explosions and the…

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Utah program would pay for kids’ hearing aids

SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah Legislature stands on the verge of making hearing aids available free to low-income children in that state who do not qualify for Medicaid or for the Utah Children’s Health Insurance Program. On March 13, the Senate voted unanimously to establish an advisory committee in the Utah Department of Health that would…

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Foundation donates hundreds of hearing aids before the Super Bowl in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS—Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans was a banner occasion for hearing care foundations as well as for football fans. On February 2, the day before the Baltimore Ravens upset the San Francisco Forty-Niners, Starkey Hearing Foundation conducted a mission where nearly 300 people received free custom hearing aids. As reported here last week,…

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NBC’s celebrity reporter shines a spotlight on the Starkey Hearing Foundation

KAMPALA, UGANDA–The work of the Starkey Hearing Foundation received nationwide attention Monday evening, August 27, when a story about a mission to Uganda was featured on the NBC News. What made NBC pick the topic? Well, it probably didn’t hurt that the special correspondent who reported the story was Chelsea Clinton. And, as it happens,…

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Star-studded gala raises over $7 million for the Starkey Hearing Foundation

   ST.PAUL–Actors, athletes, astronauts, musicians, and a former President of the United States were among the scores of celebrities who took part August 4 at the 12th annual So the World May Hear Gala, which raised a record-breaking $7.6 million for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Founded by Bill Austin, principal owner of Starkey Hearing Technology, the…

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The man behind The Incredible Hulk has incredible news: He can hear!

By David H. Kirkwood Lou Ferrigno, who overcame profound hearing loss to become a TV and movie star best known for playing The Incredible Hulk, has long been an inspiration to young people growing up with impaired hearing. He has generously shared his remarkable story as a spokesperson for the Better Hearing Institute for 25…

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Thanks to Starkey mission, Super Bowl was super for Hoosiers with hearing loss

INDIANAPOLIS—The New York Giants weren’t the only big winners here during Super Bowl week. Also coming out on top were 235 hard-of-hearing children and adults from the Indianapolis area. That’s because they received the gift of hearing during the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s third annual Super Bowl Week Hearing Mission held February 3 at the city’s…

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