A five-strong team from Starkey UK in Stockport has just returned from a Starkey Hearing Foundation Mission in Armenia.
The aim of the mission was for the team from Starkey UK Hearing Technologies to deliver better hearing to those in need.
Across five days, the team saw over 1600 patients during the 1st Phase of the mission, which involved identifying patients and working with a local team to carry out otoscopy, hearing screening and impression taking for hearing instrument provision.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation
The Starkey Hearing Foundation was set up by Starkey Hearing Technologies’ CEO and owner William. F Austin in 1984. The Foundation works to give the gift of hearing to those in need around the world empowering them to achieve their potential. There are countless stories of how the Foundation changes lives across the globe by opening up the world of sound. From a young girl being given the opportunity to go to school, to a mother hearing her son say ‘I love you’ for the first time.
According to the World Health Organisation, more than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, with the greatest prevalence living in developing countries. Unfortunately, less than three percent of these individuals can afford hearing aids or even have access to the care they need. The Foundation works tirelessly to change this by building strong partnerships, empowering local teams to set up Community-Based Hearing HealthCare models around the world.
The Foundation has cared for more than 1.1 million patients and provided 1.9 million hearing devices in more than 100 countries, and has committed to giving more than one million hearing aids to people in need over the next decade. It is supported by a host of high profile and celebrity names including Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Elton John and many more.
The Starkey UK Team will return to Armenia in October for Phase 2, which will involve the fitting of hearing instruments, counselling and aftercare.
For more information, visit the Starkey Team blog