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Starkey Hearing Foundation Founders Bill and Tani Austin Honored by Dalai Lama After Recent Hearing Mission to India
Date:12/10/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Starkey Hearing Foundation recently completed a hearing mission in India, where founders Bill and Tani Austin were blessed by the Dalai Lama for their philanthropic efforts around the world.

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The Foundation delivered the gift of hearing by fitting more than 14,000 hearing aids to people in need. This is the Foundation's second mission to India in 2012 alone, and they had the opportunity to fit patients with hearing aids in a total of six cities – Hubli, Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Bangalore and Mundgod. In Lucknow with an expanded mission team, Starkey Hearing Foundation set a new record for patients fit in one day, with a total of 1,337 receiving the gift of hearing, many hearing for the first time.

While in India, the Foundation's team of audiologists and staff fit each of the recipients with their own hearing device and custom ear mold. During the Foundation's last India mission in May, they provided hearing aids for Tibetan refugees in Hubli, Dharamsala and Mundgod. Many more were fit on this mission as well in Mundgod and Bangalore, as Starkey Hearing Foundation continues to fulfill their Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to provide one million hearing aids to people in need this decade.

During May's mission to India, the Foundation delivered the gift of hearing to the Lama Guru Gyaltsen and followed up on his progress during this mission. The Foundation's global work and efforts to provide the gift of hearing to the Tibetan people caught the attention of the Dalai Lama, leading him to grant a special blessing to founders Bill and Tani Austin, the mission and the Foundation itself.

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