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Published on May 8, 2015
May is "Better Hearing and Speech" month, so this is a great time to raise awareness about hearing loss as well as for people to hear Sammy talk about the transformative process people go through when their hearing is restored.
Seeing these kids' faces' light up is just the most amazing experience. Throughout the day it took some getting used to, but once I started, we just were rolling!
"Everyone is important, no matter what their age, no matter what their condition, they're part of life - they're part of the human family, so we're gunna have a great day and we're gunna help some people!" - Bill Austin, Founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Last month, the World Health Organization released data that 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk for hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. On Wednesday, April 29th, people and organizations around the world will commemorate the 20th annual International Noise Awareness Day. As you know, Sammy Hagar has been involved with Starkey Hearing Foundation for a couple of years, most recently, traveling with their team to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to help give the gift of hearing to local residents. Aside from helping to provide over 100,000 free hearing aids to people in need each year, Starkey Hearing Foundation also aims to combat preventable hearing loss. Their Listen Carefully program works with musicians and educators across the country to encourage youth to turn down the volume and protect their hearing. Sammy Hagar recently join the Listen Carefully team to help raise awareness about noise-induced hearing loss, which affects 1 in 6 teens and has increased 30 percent in the last decade.