Voting is now open for the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Awards at Oticon.com/FOP . Website visitors 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.
Created in 1997, the Oticon Focus on People Awards program was “the first national awards program to honor the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding people with hearing loss.” The goal was a simple one: To show that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to achieve, contribute, and inspire. More than 24 years later, the program continues to create awareness that changes attitudes and opens doors of opportunity for all people with hearing loss.
“Life-changing technology and the support of dedicated hearing care professionals have opened a world of possibilities for people with hearing loss,” said Nancy Palmere Mucha, director of consumer marketing and public relations, who heads the national program. “Through the voting process, Oticon aims to reach as many people as possible with the inspiring stories of the program’s finalists and by doing so, to help change outdated stereotypes that discourage people from seeking professional help for their hearing loss.”
The 2022 Oticon Focus on People Awards finalists, like the more than 300 finalists before them, range from students who have accomplished much in a very few years to adults who use their unique talents to open doors for others with hearing loss. They include advocates who have logged thousands of hours on behalf of hearing causes and practitioners whose caring and commitment consistently go above and beyond, according to Oticon.
To vote and to learn more about the Oticon Focus on People Awards, visit Oticon.com/FOP. Voting is open through November 4, 2022. Winners will be announced in early 2023.