Starkey Hearing Technologies is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of custom hearing instruments with 33 facilities in 18 countries throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In 2014, Starkey was among the first to introduce wireless Made-for-iPhone hearing aids with its Halo hearing aid family.
Starkey got its start in 1967 when William Austin founded Professional Hearing Aid Service, and subsequently acquired Starkey Laboratories, a small ear-mold company, in 1971. Austin merged the two businesses under the Starkey name, and eventually began making custom in-the-ear hearing aids with a then-revolutionary no-obligation trial and “worry-free” warranty.
William Austin is also one of the world’s leading philanthropists. In 1973, he started the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which has distributed tens of thousands of free hearing aids to needy children and adults in dozens of countries around the world.
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