Starkey Hearing Technologies Timeline
August of 1967, Bill Austin bought Starkey Labs from Harold Starkey in Minnesota for $13,000.
Starkey opens its first subsidiary in Manchester, England. Over the next five years, Starkey opens facilities in Toronto, Canada; Glencoe, Minnesota; Hamburg, Germany and Paris, France.
Bill creates the CARE program, a comprehensive series of booklets and videos that promotes the benefits of improved hearing.
Starkey releases the CE-5 series, the industry’s first canal hearing aids.
President Ronald Reagan gets fitted with Starkey INTRA hearing aids. The President’s fitting encourages a wider acceptance of hearing aids among the general public, resulting in increased sales throughout the industry.
Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded.
Starkey introduces the first Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing aid.
Starkey Hearing Foundation embarked on its first international mission to El Salvador.
Starkey enters the digital age with the release of the Cetera and Aries digital hearing systems. Both instruments take a research-based approach to amplification.
The Starkey Hearing Alliance network is established. Industry leading hearing professionals team with Starkey to offer a unique blend of technology and patient care. Each affiliated practice shares a commitment to providing the most appropriate hearing solutions while providing “Better Hearing with a Human Touch.”
Elton John’s appearance and support of the 2004 “So The World May Hear” Awards Gala helps the Starkey Hearing Foundation raise a record $2.7 million during the event.
First William F. Austin Scholarship awarded to five students.
Starkey Laboratories is awarded the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Corporation.
Bill and Tani Austin are honored by the Dalai Lama after a hearing mission to India.
Bill Austin is honored with the Twin Cities International Citizen Award.
Bill receiving the First Goodwill Global Ambassador Award for Ear and Hearing Health by the International Federation for Peace & Sustainable Development at the United Nations.
Starkey Hearing Technologies revolutionizes the hearing aid with the release of Livio AI – the world’s first hearing aid with artificial intelligence that tracks brain and body health, offers real-time language translation and advanced environmental detection.