SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY — Oticon Inc, announced this week a call for nominations for the 2019 Focus on People Awards. The awards, now in its 21st year, honors students, adults and advocacy volunteers with any degree of hearing loss whose accomplishments show that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in their communities or the world.
By drawing national attention to people doing amazing things, who also happened to have hearing loss, Oticon aims to change negative perceptions that discourage people from seeking hearing healthcare for their hearing loss.
“There is no typical Oticon Focus on People Award winner. Award winners have included people from all walks of life from ballerinas to fire fighters, librarians to decorated military veterans. In 21 years, we have honored more than 280 remarkable people who share one common characteristic. They have taken their unique circumstances and found a way to make the world a better place — for others with hearing loss and for all of us.”
–Nancy Palmere, Director of Consumer Marketing and Public Relations for Oticon, Inc
Call for Nominations: Awards Offered in Four Categories
Anyone is able to nominate an individual for the awards program, by visiting www.oticon.com/fop and submitting a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is June 20, 2019.
Following the nomination phase, three finalists in each category will be selected for online voting. The award categories include:
- Student – For full-time students with hearing loss, ages 6 – 25
- Adults – For people with hearing loss, ages 21 and above
- Advocacy – For adults with hearing loss who are actively involved in support efforts for the hard-of-hearing or deaf communities
- Practitioner – A special category for hearing care professionals, with or without hearing loss, who are currently in practice in either a school or clinical setting.
First place winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice. First place winners in the Student, Adult and Advocacy categories also receive Oticon BrainHearing™ hearing devices. Second place winners receive a $500 cash prize and third place winners, a $250 cash prize.
Following the close of nominations, the general public will be invited to vote online to determine first, second and third place winners in each category.
Source: Oticon, Inc.