Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, reports that the Starkey Hearing Foundation was praised for its work during a recent speech given by President Bill Clinton. The President gave a keynote address to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center in Lexington, Ky.

President Clinton emphasized the importance of filling the gap between what the private sector can produce and what the government can provide. "We are supposed to stand in that gap," said President Clinton, citing that through partnerships we can accomplish the good work faster, cheaper, and better. "We wind up with partnerships with the private sector, which is what the Starkey Hearing Foundation is. It is a partnership between the Foundation, Bill and Tani Austin, and the hearing equipment they produce and sell.

“They have proven their worth. They change lives, and they change the paradigms of providing services to people who are hearing impaired,” said President Clinton in regard to the work of the Foundation.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation was a major supporter of the event and also fit a number of students with free hearing aids. Since 2000, the Foundation has distributed nearly 500,000 free hearing aids to those in need in more than 86 countries, including the United States.

“The opportunity to contribute to the children at the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center is the best investment we can make in the future of our world,” said Bill Austin. “It is an honor to be part of such good work.”

[Source: Starkey]