Starkey Hearing Provides Free Hearing Aids to Children in Afghanistan

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As a part of Starkey Hearing, Audibel Hearing Center is proud to be contributing to the cause of helping to bring the gift of hearing to children in Afghanistan.

Starkey Hearing Foundation recently formed a partnership with the Bayat Foundation to provide hearing health care to those in need in Afghanistan. As part of Starkey Hearing, Audibel Hearing Center is proud to be a part of such a positive effort.

The two organizations undertook their first hearing mission together in the country, providing more than 1,700 customized hearing devices to children and adults in need. During the three-day event, many were able to hear for the first time.

Ehsan Bayat, chairman of the Bayat Foundation, said, “To give the ability to hear for the first time is a life-changing moment. These hearing aids will impact the children and their families for generations to come.”

Along with Bayat, Fatema Bayat; Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation; Suraya Dlil, minister of health; Head of Human Rights Nader Naderi and five senators helped to fit the patients with hearing aids.

Starkey Hearing Foundation provides more than just hearing aids. They also give each recipient counseling on the proper use and maintenance of hearing aids, a generous supply of batteries and access to follow-up care through the global AfterCare program. Both Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Bayat Foundation established a hot line for parents to call with any questions.

“Thanks to the incredible support of the Bayat Foundation, we are able to bring our dedication and passion for the gift of hearing to the people of Afghanistan,” said Brady Forseth, executive director of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “We hope that by opening up channels of communication for people who might have otherwise lived in isolation, we are also helping to unlock the potential needed to build a brighter future.”

About the Bayat Foundation:
Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c (3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsan Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 300 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor and elderly of Afghanistan, including construction of 13 maternity hospitals that have now treated over one million mothers and babies. Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic and cultural programs. For more information, please email info(at)bayatfoundation(dot)org.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation:
Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 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 campaign and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit

About Audibel Hearing & Audiology Centers:
Audibel Hearing & Audiology Centers provide a variety of hearing care services, including hearing evaluations, video ear inspections, hearing instrument fittings and aural rehabilitation. With five locations in the Gainesville area, Audibel Hearing Center provides patients with a number of convenient options to find out more about their hearing health. For more information or to set up an appointment with Audibel Hearing Center, please call 352-377-4111 or visit

About Audibel:
Audibel is a network of hearing healthcare professionals with more than 1,000 locations throughout the United States. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., the company prides itself on providing outstanding service and the highest-quality technology to patients. For more information about Audibel, visit

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