Published on 03 January 2013
On a recent visit to India, Starkey Hearing Foundation founders Bill and Tani Austin were blessed by the Dalai Lama in recognition for their philanthropic works around the world. The trip was the Foundation’s second mission to India in 2012 where their team fitted patients with hearing aids in a total of six cities – Hubli, Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Bangalore and Mundgod. In Lucknow with an expanded mission team, Starkey Hearing Foundation set a new record for patients fit in one day, with a total of 1,337 receiving the gift of hearing, many hearing for the first time.
The Foundation’s work caught the attention of the Dalai Lama after he heard of its efforts to provide hearing aids to the Tibetan people.
"It's such a privilege to help the lives of others, by connecting them to their loved ones and the world, through the gift of hearing," said Bill Austin. "I am humbled and eternally grateful that the Dalai Lama would take time to recognize our work and give us this special blessing."
The fittings are all performed by audiologists and hearing specialists who give their time to the cause, and pay their own expenses.