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Starkey Hearing Institute Graduates

In honor of our recent ALEX AND ANI + Starkey Hearing Foundation campaign closing, check out this story!

The first cohort of students at the Starkey Hearing Institute in Zambia graduated Friday, marking a significant milestone in Starkey Hearing Foundation’s quest to train 300 community-based hearing healthcare workers in Africa before 2030.

Graduates representing eight African nations received certification as Hearing Instrument Specialists. They are now qualified to practice community-based, primary, and secondary ear and hearing health services in both rural and urban African communities...

In Zambia, it is estimated that 750,000 people, or 5 percent of the population, are living with hearing impairment... The statistics underscore the urgent need to increase the number of individuals who can provide quality hearing healthcare to improve the lives of those with hearing loss...

“You are the hope for the hearing impaired and you should be proud of what you have achieved,"
-Esther Lungu, the first lady of Zambia

Khotsu Kebise, 27, of Lesotho, has worked as a country coordinator with the Foundation for the past three-and-a-half-years as. He said the hearing instrument specialist program gave him a renewed sense of fulfillment and purpose.

“I am so eager to go back home to develop other people who are as zealous as I am,” he said. “To establish an army of champions who will go out into the community and give the gift of hearing… I feel really excited and really proud to be one of the first students here.”

William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation and graduates.

Starkey Hearing Institute expands the vision of William F. Austin to provide accessible hearing care to those who cannot hear. This model is precedent-setting in shifting the paradigm toward the possibility that all the world can hear...

To find out more about Starkey Hearing Foundation, click here.

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