2017 Focus On People awards finalists

Meet 12 outstanding people who are helping to change perceptions of what it means to have a hearing loss. Discover what makes each finalist unique, remarkable and inspiring.

Winners in each of the four categories received prizes and national recognition that helps to create awareness and open doors of opportunity for all people with hearing loss. Meet the winners below.

Adult Finalists

The Adult Category, open to people with hearing loss, ages 18 and over, represents our most diverse group of achievers. Nominees to the Adult Category are evaluated on their professional, volunteer, cultural and civic endeavors. This year’s finalists share a passion to make the world a better place not only for people with hearing loss but for everyone.

Advocacy Finalists

The Advocacy category honors hearing impaired individuals of all ages who are actively involved in advocacy or support efforts that benefit people with hearing loss. Our Advocacy finalists share an optimism and a “can do” attitude that inspires and motivates — whether they are trying to change public attitudes or just one person’s life. Read their stories and capture a little of that spirit for your own life.

Student Finalists

The Student Category is open to full-time students with hearing loss, ages 13 – 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. How can someone so young have accomplished so much? Read the stories of our three remarkable students to see for yourself.

Hearing Care Practitioner Finalists

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. Discover how these dedicated hearing care professionals promote awareness and understanding of hearing loss in their communities and the world.

Stay tuned for winners to be announced in November.


Winners in each of the four categories will receive prizes and national recognition that helps create awareness and change attitudes that can open doors of opportunity for all people with hearing loss.

1st place winners in Student, Adult and Advocacy
Receive $1,000 cash prize, $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice and a pair of Oticon hearing devices with BrainHearing™ technology

1st place winners in Hearing Care Practitioner
Receive $1,000 cash prize and $1,000 to a charity of his/her choice

2nd place winners
Receive $500 cash prize

3rd place winners
Receive $250 cash prize

All nominees receive a Certificate of Recognition

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