Hearing Angels Program
The Towers Audiology Center is pleased to announce that we have become affiliated with the Hearing Angels. This is a program sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which conducts hearing missions in the U.S. and around the world to bring the gift of hearing to those in need. When you donate your old hearing aids at our office, they will be sent to Starkey, where they will be refurbished. Dr. MacDuffee had the privilege of taking part in the2013 mission to Guadalajara, Mexico, where volunteers fit 2,000 hearing aids. She has pledged to donate $50 for every hearing aid donated to help fund missions in the future. You can help make a difference in people’s lives!
Hot on the heels of the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s “So the World May Hear” Awards Gala — an event that raised nearly $9M, and featured guests and honorees such as former Secretary of Hillary Clinton, Forest Whitaker, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Legend, and Derrick Coleman — Sharon MacDuffee took her audiological expertise to South America in support of the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Peru mission.
The mission, which was made possible through the support and sponsorship of Audigy Group and Rotary Club, was focused on spreading the gift of better hearing across Peru by fitting nearly 5,000 people in need with a staggering near 10,000 hearing aids.
“I’m incredibly honored to have participated in this better-hearing mission,” said Sharon. “This has put me back in touch with why I became an audiologist in the first place. To see the eyes of children, adults, and the elderly light up from experiencing better hearing for the first time in years — the feeling is indescribable. It’s a dream come true to be able to offer that level of support to the people of Peru. We all have something we can give back to others, and for these folks, better hearing is just the first step in improving their lives. I know that there’s a brighter future in store for those we worked with.”
2014 Starkey Hearing and GRAMMY Foundations’ LA
Towers Audiology Center, Dr. Sharon MacDuffee, Au.D., in conjunction with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Starkey Hearing Foundation—along with such notable celebrities as Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Love Actually), Jessica Sanchez (American Idol), Paige Hemmis (Extreme Makeover, Home Edition), Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven, Dancing with the Stars), singer Cassie, music producer Dallas Austin (Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani), and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk—was on-hand at USC’s Los Angeles campus to fit nearly one hundred people in need of better hearing with donated Starkey digital hearing aids.
Those in attendance, ranging in age from just a few years old to people in their seventies, sat with Starkey founder and CEO Bill Austin along with Members of the event sponsor’s organization, Audigy Group, for free hearing aid fitting, programming, and counseling.
The Starkey Hearing Aid Foundation, which began its mission to fit more than 1 million hearing aids to those in need of better hearing in just a decade, is well on its to fulfill its goal—already having fit hundreds of thousands of ears. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have participated in numerous international missions and endorse the foundation’s cause, alongside other celebrity mission volunteers such as Sir Richard Branson, Barbara Bush, Sir Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Lennox Lewis and Trisha Yearwood.
Though the event was scheduled from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Audigy and the Starkey teams were vocally committed to stay until everyone was fit and comfortable with their new technology. A last-minute buzz on social media site upped attendance, resulting in more people served than initially forecasted.
2013 Mission with Starkey Hearing Foundation
The Towers Audiology Center recently joined the Starkey Foundation and Audigy Group on their “So the World May Hear” mission trip to Guadalajara, Mexico in an effort to fulfill the foundation’s commitment to helping the world hear. The Towers Audiology Center joined ten other Audigy Group hearing healthcare professionals as well as Audigy’s CEO and founder, Brandon Dawson and Vice President of Marketing, Misty Walker on the four day mission trip, January 26-29 to distribute hearing aids and care to thousands of children and adults in need.
The commitment of action of the Starkey Foundation’s, “So the World May Hear” mission trips is to give one million people hearing aids this decade to restore the gift of hearing, and to make a difference in people’s lives in new ways. The hearing mission trips are funded through donations made to the Starkey Hearing Foundation. At the foundation’s annual “So the World May Hear Gala”, attendees have the opportunity to fund the hearing mission trips during the live auction.
“It is an incredible honor to join with Starkey and Audigy Group on this trip and bring the gift of hearing to so many in need,” says Dr. Sharon MacDuffee. “I am delighted to support the mission of Starkey Foundation and make a difference in so many lives.”
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