Oticon focus on people awards

2019 Focus on People Awards finalists

Hearing Care Practitioner category

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Jennifer Lightfoot, AuD

Alexandria, VA

Born prior to mandatory newborn hearing screenings, Dr. Lightfoot was not diagnosed with hearing loss until age 5. That may explain why she has a special place in her heart for the young students with hearing loss, ranging from infants to 8th graders, that she cares for at Kendall elementary school on the campus of Gallaudet University. A caring and dedicated practitioner, her focus on the importance of early hearing intervention extends far beyond the classroom. She has traveled to Guatemala to assist in the fitting of hearing aids for hundreds of disadvantaged children and has served as the co-chair for the early intervention committee for the DC Chapter of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.

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Evonne Long, AuD

Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Long is a well-recognized voice for hearing health awareness among people in Jacksonville, having appeared on local TV news and radio shows to encourage regular hearing screenings and educate the community on the health risks associated with untreated hearing loss. Her practical guide to hearing-friendly establishments is one of many advocacy tools she provides for her patients and the general public. Dr. Long is passionate about providing services in a non-profit setting, striving to establish a high standard of care for all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. Outside of working hours, Dr. Long volunteers for the Special Olympics and at community health fairs for uninsured and underserved populations, promoting healthy hearing with free hearing screenings.

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Stephanie Long, AuD

Appleton, WI

As an audiologist for more than 20 years, with 14 spent caring for children in school settings, Dr. Long is acutely aware of how hearing issues can affect a child’s education. That passion for helping children led her to establish HEAR in Fox Cities, a non-profit with a mission to assist lower income families to obtain hearing aids for their children. Through the organization, Dr. Long works with local hearing care professionals and families to ensure children in the community have access to hearing aids. The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association recently recognized Dr. Long with the Louis DiCarlo Clinical Achievement Award for advancing knowledge in clinical practice.

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