With the help of a star-studded line-up of celebrities from daytime, primetime and reality television, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, dedicated to building better lives for the hearing impaired by providing hearing instruments to those in need, announced today that it will deliver the gift of hearing to more than 100 under-served, hearing-impaired children and adults from the Las Vegas area.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation Las Vegas Hearing Mission will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Las Vegas Hilton, Ballroom C from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Las Vegas Hearing Mission sponsors are the Las Vegas Hilton, Associated Television International, and the Daytime Emmy’s (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences).
Led by Bill Austin, Founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, a team of audiologists and volunteers will work together on the precise fitting of custom-made, state-of-the-art hearing aids for each of the 100 recipients ages two to 53. (Pictured left, Bill Austin with hearing aid recipient at previous Starkey Hearing Mission.)
Working alongside the Starkey Hearing Foundation team to assist in the fittings will be Starkey Hearing Ambassadors Marlee Matlin and Daniel Romer, and celebrity volunteers Susan Lucci, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Kyle Massey, Chris Massey and Ace Young. Each will be paired up with at least one recipient during the mission to witness the moment a patient hears for the first time while providing support and encouragement throughout the process as the recipient is fitted with their new hearing aid, receives audio testing, and is provided with counseling and instruction on how to care for their new device.
“The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission is to bring the gift of hearing to those in need that they may be able to realize their full potential,” said Bill Austin, Chief Executive Officer of Starkey Laboratories and Founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. “We thank the stars of daytime and primetime, as well as our Las Vegas mission sponsors and partners in helping us make a difference in a child’s quality of life and future just by opening them up to a new world of sound.”
The Starkey Hearing Foundation Las Vegas Mission has received the support of the Daytime Emmy’s and National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, as well Associated Television International. The mission also coincides with CBS’ Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast which airs live on June 17, 2011. During the broadcast as part of the show’s Daytime Cares portion, the Starkey Hearing Foundation will be recognized along with its Founder, Bill Austin and Treasurer, Tani Austin, for their work in the area of closed captioning.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Las Vegas Mission is one of dozens of missions conducted each year by the Foundation both domestically and internationally. Hearing missions are the primary way the Starkey Hearing Foundation realizes its goal so the world may hear. In turn, the Foundation has set a target of reaching 1,000,000 individuals in need by the end of this decade.
According to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive affecting 34 million Americans – or one in 10. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community, and the world around them.
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