Oticon Names Finalists for the 24th Annual Oticon Focus on People Awards

Voting is now open for the awards program recognizing inspiring individuals with hearing loss

SOMERSET, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#FOP–Hearing aid manufacturer Oticon, Inc. has announced the names of 12 finalists for the 2022 Oticon Focus on People Awards. The national awards program honors exceptional students, advocates, adults, and practitioners who are making a positive impact on the hearing loss community. Voting is now open online and will continue through November 4.

Now in its 24th year, the Focus on People Awards have recognized more than 325 outstanding individuals as part of Oticon’s mission to spread awareness, create opportunity, and deliver life-changing technology that elevates the lives of people with hearing loss. Oticon is proud to honor outstanding individuals who embody the fact that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in their families, communities, or the world.

This year’s finalists are distinguished students, adults, and health care professionals who go above and beyond to empower and inspire others and serve as a force for good in their communities. The 2022 Focus on People Award finalists are:

  • Student: Mercy Botchway of Everett, Massachusetts; Erin Cembrale of Dunedin, Florida; Lauren Harris of Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Adult: Shirley Forpe of Palatine, Illinois; Zina Jawadi of Los Altos Hills, California; Meaghan Thomas of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Advocacy: Shanna Groves of Olathe, Kansas; Renee Polanco Lucero, Ph.D., of Culver City, California; Gregory Scott of New York, New York
  • Practitioner: Jamie Marotto, AuD, of Fairfield, Connecticut; Mary L. Frintner, AuD, of Burbank, California; Dawn Heiman, AuD, of Woodridge, Illinois

“With Oticon’s life-changing technology, there is a world of possibilities for people with hearing loss,” said Nancy Palmere Mucha, Director of Consumer Marketing and Public Relations for Oticon, Inc. “The Focus on People Awards shine a spotlight on these finalists’ triumphs and inspirational stories, and we are proud to recognize all the work they have done to dismantle the stigma around hearing loss. We hope you will join us in recognizing their outstanding achievements by casting your vote.”

Online voting is open now through November 4, 2022, and winners will be announced in February 2023. All finalists will receive a cash prize. In addition, first place winners in the Student, Adult, and Advocacy categories will receive Oticon BrainHearing™ hearing aids as well as a donation to the charity of their choice. For more information on the Oticon Focus on People Awards, please visit Oticon.com/FOP.

Oticon, Inc. – Life-Changing Technology

Oticon is one of the world’s most innovative hearing device manufacturers, with more than 115 years of experience in the design and development of hearing aids for adults and children. Our comprehensive portfolio of life-changing technology improves not only the quality of hearing but the overall quality of life for people with hearing loss. Oticon challenges conventions and pushes the limits of technology to bring to market hearing solutions that exceed the needs and expectations of people with hearing loss so that they can live their lives without limit. Our groundbreaking BrainHearing™ technology is helping to provide better hearing with less effort by giving the brain the clearest, purest sound signals to decode. For more information visit oticon.com.


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