Oticon Focus on People Awards Seeks Nominations
Editor: Here's your chance to provide a little recognition for a
deserving person with hearing loss. There are four categories of awards that
cover a variety of situations. Do take a minute and think about who you
might know that deserves some recognition.
Oticon Inc announced the call for nominations for the company's 2011
Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national awards program that honors
individuals 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.
Since 1997, the Oticon Focus on People Awards has awarded more than
$185,000 to outstanding individuals and the not-for-profit causes of their
choice. By spotlighting the contributions of students and adults with
hearing loss, as well as advocacy volunteers, Oticon's goal is to change
outdated stereotypes that may discourage people from seeking professional
help for their hearing loss.
Anyone may nominate an individual for awards, which are in four
categories. In addition, Oticon has added a new social media component to
the awards selection with online voting.
Oticon's president, Peer Lauritsen, said in the press statement that
online voting was added in order to further expand awareness of the program
and to give people across the U.S. the opportunity to add their voices to
the selection of the winning finalists.
A panel of leading hearing care professionals will select the three
finalists in each of the four categories. Online voting, which will open on
August 10, will determine which of the finalists receives the first, second
or third place awards in their categories. Award winners will be announced
The four award categories are:
* Student, for young people with hearing loss, ages 6 - 21, who are
* 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. (Full-time students in advocacy should apply for the
* Practitioner recognizes hearing care professionals in general practice
and pediatric practitioners in school or clinical settings who go "above and
beyond." Nominees in the professional category are not required to have a
hearing loss to qualify.
Top winners in each category will receive a $1,000 award and a $1,000
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
technology Oticon hearing solutions.
Second place winners in each category will receive a $500 award and
third-place winners will receive $250. All nominees, whether or not they are
selected as a top winner, will receive a Certificate of Recognition.
People may nominate themselves or other individuals for awards. Visit
Oticon at www.oticonusa.com/Oticon/Professionals/FOP.html for more
information. The deadline for award nominations is July 27, 2011.