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Starkey Hearing Technologies Timeline

1967

1967

August of 1967, Bill Austin bought Starkey Labs from Harold Starkey in Minnesota for $13,000.

1976

1976

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.

1977

1977

Bill creates the CARE program, a comprehensive series of booklets and videos that promotes the benefits of improved hearing.

1982

1982

Starkey releases the CE-5 series, the industry’s first canal hearing aids.

1983

1983

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.

1984

1984

Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded.

1994

1994

Starkey introduces the first Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing aid.

1997

1997

Starkey Hearing Foundation embarked on its first international mission to El Salvador.

1999

1999

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.

2002

2002

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.”

2004

2004

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.

2004

2004

First William F. Austin Scholarship awarded to five students.

2011

2011

Starkey Laboratories is awarded the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Corporation.

2012

2012

Bill and Tani Austin are honored by the Dalai Lama after a hearing mission to India.

2014

2014

Bill Austin is honored with the Twin Cities International Citizen Award.

2017

2017

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.

2018

2018

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.