Oticon Focus on People Award 2018

2018 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.

Celebrating 20 Years of Changing Attitudes, Opening Doors

The Oticon Focus on People Awards recognize outstanding people who are helping to show that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in their families, communities or the world.

When Oticon created the Focus on People Awards in 1997, it was the first national awards program to recognize everyday people doing amazing things, who also happened to have hearing loss. More than 20 years later, the program continues to create awareness that changes attitudes and opens doors of opportunity for all people with hearing loss.

Since 1997, this national awards competition has honored more than 270 outstanding people with hearing loss. 

Winners in each of the four categories receive prizes and national recognition that helps to create awareness and open doors of opportunity for all people with hearing loss. Meet the finalists below. Winners will be announced in October. 

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 6 - 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. 

Cast your vote

Help us select the first, second and third place winners in each category. You may only vote one time, so please cast your vote for your favorite in each of the four categories.

Voting closes August 24, 2018. Winners will be announced in October.

Vote now

Prizes 


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 

> Rules & Regulations

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