Starkey Hearing Foundation Suspends Programming
With restrictions on traveling and gathering, the Starkey Hearing Foundation is halting its programs and canceling its annual benefit.
The nonprofit is known for its advocacy and efforts in providing free hearing aids and hearing-related health care services in more than 100 countries. The restrictions from the pandemic have suspended its programs both internationally and in the United States.
“While hearing health care is essential and hearing aids are being fit safely by professionals in the United States, travel difficulties, bans on large gatherings, and other precautions being taken by countries all over the world to combat Covid-19 have made it difficult to do our work safely,” foundation president and board chair Richard Brown said in a news release.
The Minneapolis-based organization’s well-known Summer Sounds Annual Benefit for July has also been cancelled. The foundation said it’s looking forward to a time when safe travelling and gathering will allow its work to continue.
“This was a very difficult decision, but after considering the challenges currently in place, we felt this was the most responsible decision for the organization and the safety of everyone involved in our work,” said Brown.