TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - Seniors with hearing loss living in Toronto's Community Housing received the gift of hearing from Starkey Hearing Foundation. JaysCare Foundation hosted the first-ever Canadian hearing mission at Rogers Centre Toronto SkyDome where 38 seniors were reconnected to their families, communities, and the world.
"I saw surprise, I saw joy, I saw people recognizing how poorly their hearing was prior to putting the device on," said Buck Martinez, former Major League Baseball player and manager, and Sportsnet broadcaster. "I think that's the big satisfaction when they see somebody that might be hearing for the first time, or communicating with their children for the first time in a long time."
Starkey Hearing Foundation's team of audiologists and staff fit the seniors with complimentary, customized, state-of-the-art, digital hearing devices. The team also trained them and their families on how to operate the hearing devices.
"Humanity shines when we treat people with dignity and respect, and you hear and understand each other," said Tani Austin, Starkey Hearing Foundation co-founder and Starkey Hearing Technologies chief philanthropy officer.
"The first thing I realized when I was in there, was that the need for hearing aids was so great, not just in Canada or North America, but all around the world," said Pat Tabler, former Major League Baseball player and Sportsnet broadcaster.
Giving a person the ability to hear has an immediate positive impact on that person's quality of life and a compounding effect on the world.
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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., Canada 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, education, and support. 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 www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.