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Starkey Hearing Foundation With Calipari Foundation and NBA Stars Provide the Gift of Hearing to People in Need in Lexington, Kentucky

Karl-Anthony Towns and Current University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Players Inspire More Than 75 Patients

/ -- LEXINGTON, KY--(Marketwired - August 29, 2016) - A first-of-its-kind hearing mission changed more than 75 lives yesterday in Lexington, Kentucky as University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Head Coach John Calipari and many other star athletes joined Starkey Hearing Foundation to share in the joy of patients receiving the gift of hearing.

"What a delight to be here and see people's eyes light up as they receive their hearing devices," Calipari said from the hearing mission. "It's great to think about how life-changing this will be for these Kentucky residents."

William F. Austin and Tani Austin, co-founders of Starkey Hearing Foundation, and the Foundation's team of audiologists and staff provided patients from Kentucky with hearing devices as well as counseling and training to patients and family members on how to care and operate their hearing device.

"Giving a person the ability to hear has an immediate, inspiring impact on that person's quality of life and a compounding positive effect on the world," Mr. Austin said. "Thank you to our many incredible partners who helped make this happen."

There is an estimated 7.2 million people in the U.S. with hearing loss who are living below the poverty level. For more than three decades, Starkey Hearing Foundation has been changing lives through hearing care, providing more than 1.9 million hearing aids to people in need, including more than 125,000 domestically.

"More than 700,000 Kentucky residents have hearing loss, with many unable to afford the care they need," Lowell Scott, president and owner of the hearing mission sponsor, Hearing Solutions said. "To make this difference for these people's lives, there's just nothing like it."

For others seeking hearing device assistance in the U.S., visit or call 1-800-328-8602.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity founded by William F. Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. The Foundation focuses on hearing health care missions, education, and recycling, as well as grants to mission-aligned organizations. The Foundation has cared for more than 1.1 million patients and provided 1.9 million hearing devices in more than 100 countries. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

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Karl-Anthony Towns and current University of Kentucky Men's basketball players work with Starkey Hearing Foundation to give the gift of hearing to more than 75 patients.