Oticon, Inc. announced the winners of the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national program dedicated to honoring outstanding individuals who have made a positive impact on the hearing loss community. Thousands of people from around the world voted during Fall 2022 to determine this year's winners in four categories.
The 2022 first place winners are:
"From the youngest students to accomplished professionals and global brands, the winners of this year's Oticon Focus on People Awards are redefining perceptions of hearing loss, encouraging inclusivity, and empowering others around them," said Nancy Palmere Mucha, Director of Consumer Marketing and Public Relations for Oticon, Inc. "Through their leadership, advocacy, and resilience, they are inspiring change and making the world a better place for people with hearing loss."
As part of this year's program, Oticon has also recognized Barbie with Hearing Aids and leading toy manufacturer Mattel with a special award for the brand's commitment to creating dolls with a variety of looks to represent everyone. The brand unveiled Barbie with Hearing Aids in 2022 as part of their ongoing efforts to amplify diversity and inclusion.
"The Barbie brand believes in the power of representation, and we are committed to continuing to introduce dolls, like Barbie with Hearing Aids, that reflect the diversity children see in the world around them," said Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls, Mattel. "It's important for young people to see themselves reflected in our products. And it's equally important to encourage children to play with dolls that may not resemble them to help them understand and celebrate the importance of inclusion."
The 2022 Oticon Focus on People Award winners were revealed on February 25 during the Oticon Next Conference, a gathering of hearing care professionals from around the country. As part of the event, Mattel donated more than 950 Barbie with Hearing Aids dolls to the hearing care professionals in attendance, equipping them with a valuable tool to connect with patients.
Established in 1997, the Oticon Focus on People Awards program has honored more than 300 outstanding individuals throughout the United States. This year's second and third place winners are:
First place winners received a $1,000 prize as well as a $1,000 donation from Oticon to the non-profit organization of their choice. In addition, first place winners in the Student, Adult, and Advocacy categories received a pair of Oticon hearing aids.
To read the stories of all the Oticon Focus on People Awards finalists, visit Oticon.com/FOP.
Photos and videos from each of the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Award winners are available here.
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