Deerfield, Ill. and Minneapolis, March 12, 2018 — Walgreens and Starkey® Hearing Technologies, one of the world’s leading innovators in hearing technology, are collaborating on new hearing health centers in Walgreens stores, including two that opened last month in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market.
The centers, called Walgreens Hearing, are unique to the marketplace because they will create opportunities for independent hearing health professionals to partner with Starkey to serve patients at Walgreens stores in their communities. Comprehensive professional hearing examinations are provided utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, which will provide the basis for consultations on hearing aid solutions.
“For over 50 years, Starkey Hearing Technologies has supported the independent hearing professional, because we know the immeasurable value that personalized local service and care provides to patients,” Starkey Hearing Technologies’ President Brandon Sawalich said. “We believe that better hearing should be made available to as many people as possible, and it is our goal with this program to deliver convenient and superior hearing healthcare through our customers and these Walgreens retail locations.”
Starkey Hearing Technologies continues to focus on developing new distribution opportunities that provide greater access to hearing healthcare to all.
“Since 1901, patients have trusted Walgreens as a provider of pharmacy care and a growing range of health services from vaccinations to specialty care for complex and chronic conditions,” said Nimesh Jhaveri, vice president, healthcare services, Walgreens. “As the population of older Americans grows, so does the demand for hearing care, an area where we believe our stores can provide access to quality advice and solutions from a trusted source in the community.”
Walgreens Hearing locations opened at the company’s 24-hour location at Snelling and Randolph Avenues in St. Paul and at 5695 Duluth Street in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The companies said a select few additional Walgreens Hearing locations will open in three additional states by mid-April and will be announced as openings occur.
For locations, appointments and additional information, visit www.walgreens-hearing.com.
Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.
About Starkey Hearing Technologies
Starkey Hearing Technologies is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded in 1967, the company is recognized for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. The company develops, manufactures and distributes hearing aids via three distinct brands – Audibel, NuEar and its original brand, Starkey. As the only American owned and operated provider of hearing technologies, Starkey Hearing Technologies is proud to support veterans and active military service personnel with the best in American innovation, including a suite of revolutionary hearing technologies and other resources. Starkey Hearing Technologies currently employs more than 5,000 people and operates 22 facilities and conducts business in more than 100 markets worldwide.