Boston, MA September 15 Since its inception, the Oticon Focus on People Awards has honored outstanding people with hearing loss who prove that hearing loss does not limit a persons ability to live a full, productive and even, inspiring life. In 2007, the national awards competition, sponsored by Oticon, Inc., one of the worlds oldest and most respected hearing aid manufacturers, celebrates a decade of honoring people who defy the stigma of hearing loss. This year, 15 new honorees bring to 150 the number of individuals honored by the program for their accomplishments and contributions.
The 2007 first place winners include: J. Anne Greenwald of Bend, OR; Michael Goldbeck of Edmond, OK; and Ronnie Adler of Chesterbrook, PA. Practitioners C. Rex Scott, MS, CCC-A, FAAA of Audiology Associates of Salt Lake City, UT and Jodi Creighton, MS, CCC-A, Cert. AVT of Cincinnati Childrens Hospital were also honored at the awards ceremony for their contributions to improving the world of hearing impaired people.
The Oticon Focus on People Awards program is designed to focus attention on common misconceptions about hearing loss, correct negative stereotypes and motivate people with hearing loss to take advantage of the help that is available to them.
We are gratified that for 10 years, practitioners, educators, families and friends have nominated outstanding people with hearing loss and dedicated professionals for the Focus on People Awards, stated Oticon President Peer Lauritsen. Each year, hundreds of nominations representing people from all walks of life are reviewed by our judging panel. Each has a unique story and has made a unique contribution to changing negative perceptions of hearing loss. We are both humbled by their accomplishments and inspired by their ability to make a meaningful difference for people with hearing loss.
Selected from over 200 nominees, this years 15 winners earned first, second or third place honors in one of the programs five categories: Student (full-time students with hearing loss, ages 6-21), Adult (people with hearing loss, ages 21 and beyond), Advocacy (individuals of all ages involved in advocacy for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community) and Practitioner and Pediatric Practitioner (for hearing care professionals currently in practice).
Blue Ribbon Judging Panel
The winners were selected by independent judging committee composed of leading hearing care professionals. This years program judges included: Mary M. Cody AuD of All Ears Hearing Center, Plymouth, MA; Terence Russell, MA of Physicians Hearing Aid Center, Santa Cruz, CA; Paula Schwartz AuD of Audiology Concepts, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Louis R. Sieminski PhD of Kingston, PA; and Connie Stephens, MS of West Texas Rehab Center, Abilene, TX.
Oticon is one of the most innovative hearing aid manufacturers on the market. With more than 100 years of experience, Oticon has spearheaded a number of technological breakthroughs which have made a significant difference for people with hearing loss. Oticon is the only hearing aid manufacturer with its own psycho acoustic research center, ensuring that the needs of hearing aid users are always put first when developing new solutions.
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