Starkey Hearing Foundation Teams with Jays Care Foundation and Toronto Community Housing to Bring Gift of Hearing to People in Need in Toronto

Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler Support Seniors at First-Ever Hearing Mission in Toronto

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TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - Seniors with hearing loss living in Toronto Community Housing received the gift of hearing from Starkey Hearing Foundation. Jays Care Foundation hosted the first-ever Canadian Hearing Mission at Rogers Centre, where 38 seniors were reconnected to their family, community, and world.

"I saw surprise, I saw joy, I saw people recognizing how poorly their hearing was prior to putting the device on," 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 could communicate with their children for the first time again in a long time."

The Starkey Hearing Foundation's team of audiologists and staff fit complimentary, customized, state-of-the-art, digital hearing devices. The team also trained the seniors and family operate these hearing devices.

"Humanity shines when we treat people with dignity and respect, and you hear and understand each other," said Tani Austin, co-founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation and chief philanthropy officer, Starkey Hearing Technologies.

"The first thing I realized when I was in there was who knew the need for hearing aids was so great, not just in Canada, not just in North America, but all around the world." 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. Many were able to hear for the first time, to experience the joy of music and to live more independently as a result of their new found connection to the world. 

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

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