NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third year in a row, the New York Yankees hit a home run helping the Starkey Hearing Foundation deliver the gift of hearing to more than 75 New Yorkers in need. The mission was held at Yankee Stadium where Yankees Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez, Manager Joe Girardi and Barbara Bush provided the gift of hearing to children and adults from throughout the New York area.
Starkey Hearing Foundation is dedicated to bringing understanding among individuals and communities by providing the gift of hearing. On this mission, which precedes the Foundation's participation in the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meetings, they continued fulfilling their CGI commitment to provide 1 million hearing aids to people in need this decade.
During the New York hearing mission, the Foundation's team of audiologists and staff fit each of the recipients, who ranged in age from two to 65, with their own custom-made, digital hearing device.
The Foundation's team was assisted by celebrity and VIP volunteers and hearing ambassadors including Yankees Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez, Manager Joe Girardi and Barbara Bush. Each was paired up with at least one recipient to witness the life-changing impact of this cause. They also provided support and encouragement as recipients were fitted with their new hearing aids, received audio testing, counseling and instruction on how to care for their new devices, all courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation. Girardi and Rodriguez posed for photos and signed baseballs for the excited children.
"This is our third consecutive mission in New York and we could not be more thankful to the New York Yankees organization for welcoming us back and helping us improve the lives of children," said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. "Watching a child light up when they hear their loved ones' voices for the first time is an incredible experience and sharing that moment is something you never forget."
Starkey Hearing Foundation's New York Mission is one of dozens conducted each year by the Foundation, both domestically and internationally. Hearing missions are the primary way Starkey Hearing Foundation realizes its goal – So the World May Hear. As a CGI member, the Foundation has pledged to fit 1,000,000 hearing aids to individuals in need by the end of this decade.
According to Starkey Hearing Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive, affecting 34 million Americans – or one in 10. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community and the world around them.
About Starkey Hearing Foundation
Starkey Hearing Foundation is bringing understanding among individuals and communities through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment, so the world may hear. Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clinton's Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.
SOURCE Starkey Hearing Foundation