Not all hearing issues are fatal or permanent, especially for children.
The following moments are brought to you by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, a group committed to assisting children with deafness and severe hearing problems. Here’s a collection of pictures the group shared with DMN of children hearing sound for the first time in their lives, which of course includes the magic of music. These are situations that would typically not be resolved otherwise, especially given the poverty in many of these children’s lives.
Starkey is based in Minnesota, and was founded by William Austin in 1984. Austin’s group has now spread its tentacles throughout the US and the world, with more than 1.8 million hearing aids administered since its inception. That’s a lot of changed lives, and Starkey has committed to deliver more than 1 million hearing aids this decade alone.
In terms of global reach, the Starkey Hearing Foundation has helped people in more than 100 countries, including impoverished, third world regions. Throughout, the biggest rush comes from that moment when a person (especially a child) hears for the first time.
The organization is drawing increased support, including participation from companies like LSTN, a cause-focused headphones manufacturer. LSTN, whose headphones are pretty damn stylish, contributes a portion of their revenues to Starkey’s charitable causes.
Up next, the group is planning a massive gala in Minnesota. At the Foundation’s 16th Annual So The World May Hear Awards Gala on Sunday, July 17th at RiverCentre in St. Paul, the organization will draw support from a cast of celebrities, athletes and world leaders.
That includes Jennifer Garner, Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Jay Leno and others, all of whom will hopefully draw millions into the organization. Last year, the gala was rated one of the top ten celebrity fundraisers in the United States.