Starkey to conduct 'hearing health' screenings for 7500 athletes during Special Olympics
This program is designed to improve each athlete's ability to train and compete in Special Olympics, as well as in life.
By: Starkey Hearing Technologies
Close to 40 volunteer health professionals in hearing and consulting would support the athletes participating in the World Games 2019. The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program is designed to improve each athlete's ability to train and compete in Special Olympics, as well as in life, by providing free health screenings, services, and education in conjunction with competition events. Athletes that need support would be fitted with new hearing aids at the venue itself and also be put in contact with the Starkey representative in their home countries.
"This initiative at the Special Olympics will make healthy hearing more inclusive to people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with ID are often denied basic health care and services and are frequently among the most vulnerable populations in any country. Throughout the world, Special Olympics is partnering with international organizations such as ours, providers, community organizations, businesses, and government agencies to break down barriers to health faced by people with ID," stated Bill Austin, Founder and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies.
When people with ID have access to health services like hearing screenings, they have more opportunities for education, employment, sports, and other pathways and human rights to reach full inclusion in society, according to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Officially launched in 1997, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® organizes its events in a welcoming, fun environment to educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up
About Starkey Hearing Technologies:
Starkey Hearing Technologies is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned and operated provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 6,000 employees, operates 25+ facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.starkey.com .
Prem A. Ramachandran