Time to nominate heroes in hearing

SOMERSET, NJ–Do you know a student or adult who has overcome hearing loss to make remarkable accomplishments.  Is there a volunteer in your community who has made an extraordinary effort to serve the needs of those with hearing loss? Do you know of a hearing healthcare professional whose excellence deserves national recognition?

If you answered yes to any of these question, Oticon, Inc., a major hearing aid manufacturer, urges you to make a for nomination for the 2011 Oticon Focus on People Awards. This program honors hearing-impaired students, adults, and advocacy volunteers who have demonstrated through their accomplishments that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a difference in their families, communities, and the world.

Anyone may nominate an individual for this year’s awards, which are offered in four categories:

  • Student, for young people with hearing loss, ages 6 – 21, who are full-time students
  • Adults, for people with hearing loss, ages 21 and above
  • Advocacy, for adults with hearing loss, ages 21 and above, who actively volunteer their time in advocacy or support efforts for the hearing-impaired and deaf community.
  • Practitioner, which recognizes hearing professionals who go “above and beyond.” Nominees in the professional category are not required to have a hearing loss to qualify.

Winners in all categories will receive a $1000 award and a $1000 award to the non-profit group of their choice.  First-place winners in the Student, Adult, and Advocacy categories will also receive a set of advanced Oticon hearing aids. Second-place winners in each category will receive a $500 award and third-place winners $250. All nominees receive a Certificate of Recognition.

People may nominate themselves or other individuals for a Focus on People Award. To make a nomination, go to www.oticonusa.com, under the Professional or Consumer sections and click on the Oticon Focus on People Awards link.  The deadline for nominations is July 27.