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Audiologist Tina Childress to Receive 2013 Oticon Focus on People Award
Educational audiologist, late deafened adult and bilateral cochlear implant recipient Tina Childress, MA, CCC-A is among the outstanding individuals with hearing loss honored by the 2013 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that recognizes individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. As the first place winner in the Practitioner Category, Childress will be honored in May at a special awards ceremony at Oticon, Inc.’s US headquarters that will be attended by hearing care professionals from across the US. As part of her award, Childress has designated Urbana School District 116 as her choice for a $1,000 donation from Oticon, Inc. She has earmarked the donation for FM equipment to be used by Central Affiliation for Special Education (CASE) Audiology.
This is the second year that Oticon, Inc., sponsor of the national awards program, has invited the public to cast their votes to help determine who among the 12 finalists would be first, second and third place winners in the Adult, Student, Practitioner and Advocacy categories. More than 10,000 votes were cast by people from across the country and around the world.
Childress is a hearing care professional with a mission: To create bridges between people with hearing loss and the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. As an educational audiologist and a cochlear implant outreach specialist and trainer, she serves as a guide and mentor to children, teens and adults as well as a professional resource to those who work in the hearing loss field.
When she learned that only 2% of people with hearing loss are ever referred to support groups, Childress used her internet savvy to expand access to the considerable online support available to people with hearing loss. Through her blog, Getting from There to Hear and her popular App List for Kids (and Adults) with Hearing Loss, she provides access to hundreds of carefully organized links. Childress also shares her internet expertise as a member of the Educational Audiology Association’s Social and Education Media Committee.
“Individuals like Tina Childress are inspiring role models for people living with hearing loss,” states Oticon President Peer Lauritsen. “The remarkable people who are honored in this year’s Oticon Focus on People Awards program have taken their unique circumstances and transformed their lives with a positive outlook that has enabled them to overcome challenges and accomplish goals well beyond what many thought possible.”
The Oticon Focus on People Awards program was created in 1997 by Oticon, Inc., one of the world’s oldest and most respected hearing instrument manufacturers. By celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of individuals with hearing loss, Oticon, Inc. aims to call attention to common misconceptions about hearing loss and motivate people with hearing loss to take advantage of the help that is available to them. The company’s goal is to reach out to the 80 percent of an estimated 28 million Americans who could benefit from hearing solutions, but who fail to seek professional help.