SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY – Voting is now open for the 2020 Oticon Focus on People Awards. People are invited to cast their votes for the 12 finalists who represent the “best of the best” from this year’s nominations in each of four categories – Student, Adult, Advocacy and Practitioner.
The total number of votes received by each finalist will help to determine who will be the first, second and third place winners in each category.
This is the 22nd year that the Oticon Focus on People Awards has honored students, adults and advocacy volunteers who have shown through their accomplishments that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in the world.
By spotlighting people with hearing loss and their contributions, Oticon aims to change outdated stereotypes that discourage people from seeking professional help for their hearing loss.
“By empowering people to add their voices to the selection of the winners, we expand awareness of the program and inspire people with the remarkable stories of our finalists. The unique stories of this year’s finalists compellingly demonstrate how life-changing technology can enable people with hearing loss to contribute in ways well beyond what many thought possible.”
–Nancy Palmere, Director of Consumer Marketing and Public Relations
2020 Focus on People Award Finalists
The finalists of this year’s awards, in each of the four categories, are shown below:
The Student Category: Open to full-time students with hearing loss, ages 6 – 25, who are currently in middle school, high school and college. Nominees are judged on their accomplishments in a wide range of community, athletic, academic and social activities.
The Adult Category: Open to people with hearing loss, ages 18 and over. Nominees to the Adult Category are evaluated on their professional, volunteer, cultural and civic endeavors.
The Advocacy Category: Honors individuals with hearing loss of all ages who are actively involved in advocacy or support efforts that benefit people with hearing loss.
The Practitioner Category: Recognizes hearing care professionals who go “above and beyond’” to open doors of opportunity for people with hearing loss through humanitarian and public education efforts. Nominees in the Practitioner Category are not required to have a hearing loss to qualify.
To vote and to learn more about the Oticon Focus on People Awards, visit www.Oticon.com/FOP. Voting is open through November 16, 2020.
Winners will be announced in January 2021.