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Starkey and Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program Serve Over 2,200 Athletes at World Games Berlin 2023

Starkey Cares has partnered with Special Olympics International to increase access to hearing health services worldwide for Special Olympics athletes.

Starkey Special Olympics 2023 Thorsten Quaas

Starkey’s VP of European Sales Thorsten Quaas (left), Special Olympics athletes (middle), and Starkey Cares volunteers (right) give a thumbs up to the camera while programming a brand-new Starkey hearing aid.

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN – In continuation of the global partnership made between Starkey and Special Olympics International, Starkey Cares was proud to serve as the exclusive global supplier of hearing instruments for the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program at the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. Taking place 17-25 June, Healthy Hearing and Starkey Cares served over 2,200 athletes with hearing screenings and fit more than 250 athletes with free hearing aids during the nine-day event. 

Starkey Special Olympics 2023 Fabry

Starkey’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dave Fabry, PhD (left), high-fives Special Olympics Brazil athlete Marcelino Lages (right) as he reacts to being able to hear properly for the first time.

“Witnessing some of these athletes hear for the first time in their lives was a remarkable experience,” said Michael Scholl, Executive VP of Corporate Relations at Starkey. “Starkey’s purpose is to build caring products that connect people through better hearing, and this partnership is part of fulfilling that purpose. When you reconnect someone with the world around them, the possibilities are limitless.” 

At the World Games, Starkey provided personalized hearing aids with the help of partners like Dreve, who fit more than 50 Special Olympics athletes with custom ear molds. As athletes returned home following the Games, they have the opportunity for follow-up care from a hearing professional in their community thanks to Starkey’s hearing health partners across the globe.  

Starkey Special Olympics Justine Hammer

Special Olympics Hungary athlete Karoly Holdosi (left) thanks Starkey Audiologist, Justine Hammer (right) after receiving the gift of better hearing.

The partnership between Starkey Cares and Special Olympics International has already helped thousands of athletes with hearing loss around the world through access to hearing health care and technology. Starkey will continue to be an exclusive partner at Special Olympics signature events, in addition to providing hearing care and hearing aids to athletes at many regional events across the United States. 

About Starkey  

Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Owned by Bill Austin since 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development, and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey has more than 5,000 employees, operates 29 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. For more details, visit the Starkey website.

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