Oticon Focus on People Award 2018

2018 Focus On People Awards

Hearing Care Practitioner category



Carol Clifford, AuD

Albuquerque, NM

Carol has served people with hearing loss for more than 30 years in private practice, hospitals and universities. Through those diverse experiences, she has acquired a unique perspective on hearing health care. A focus on personalized care is at the core of Carol’s many contributions to improving the lives of people with hearing loss. On a medical mission to Peru, she fit more than 60 children with hearing aids with that same attention to individual needs. In November, she travels back to Peru to continue her good works. Carol serves on the Board of Directors of both the non-profit Hands and Voices and Hearing Loss Association of America, New Mexico where she works to provide resources, networks and support for children and adults with hearing loss and their families.  




Lena Kyman, AuD

Raleigh, NC

Lena is passionate about hearing health care and aims to increase access for underserved populations both locally and around the world.  She works with children, adults, veterans, and with patients of all abilities and backgrounds. She is a provider for a nonprofit organization committed to assisting patients with limited financial resources.  Lena has volunteered her professional services on humanitarian missions that she describes as “life-changing” in underserved communities around the world, including Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Croatia, and Costa Rica. These experiences have deepened her appreciation for how sustainable hearing care and technology can transform lives and bring joy to people with hearing loss and their families.  In addition to practicing, Lena is active in her state audiology association, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Shaw University.  




Johnnie Sexton, AuD

Raleigh, NC

Johnnie has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing for almost four decades. In 2009, he created the nonprofit CARE Project for the advancement of family, professional and pre-professional training opportunities in emotional/adjustment counseling. Through multimedia counseling and instructional materials, the CARE Project helps to ease the emotional journey and grieving process observed in families who have learned their child is deaf or hard of hearing, with the ultimate goal being acceptance and advocating for the best life possible. With Johnnie as executive director, what started out as one retreat, has now become a national standard for family engagement and empowerment. The North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association has twice recognized Johnnie for his pioneering work in educational audiology and emotional support for families.


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

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