We bring the gift of hearing to those who live in a silent world.

We reflect caring and change lives through hearing.

More than 1 million hearing health care services provided to people in need worldwide.

Our Story

As a young man, Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, realized his true calling in life was helping people hear, and that by doing so, he could have a lasting impact on the world.

For more than 50 years, Austin has been providing the gift of hearing to people in need, and to formalize the philanthropic efforts of Starkey, he officially founded Starkey Hearing Foundation in 1984. He had a simple premise:

“Alone we can’t do much. Together we can change the world.”

Austin built the organization on his vision — So the World May Hear. Over the last three decades, he has expanded the Foundation’s reach from Minnesota across the United States and around the world. With the help of thousands of volunteers and supporters.


Give the gift of hearing to those in need, empowering them to achieve their potential.


To date, we have given the gift of hearing to over 1 million people in more than 100 countries worldwide.