Eliza Peters, Hear the Cheers Co-Captain, Wins Award

Eliza Peters Honored by Oticon2015 OTICON FOCUS ON PEOPLE AWARDS HONOR

Eliza Peters, a freshman at Geneva High School, is among the outstanding individuals with hearing loss honored by the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that celebrates individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. As the First Place Winner in the Student Category, Eliza was honored at a special awards ceremony at Oticon, Inc. US headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey on October 8.

More than 100 hearing care professionals from across the US attended the event to celebrate Eliza’s achievements. As part of her award, Eliza has designated Hear the Cheers fund at the Chicago Hearing Society as her choice for a $1,000 donation from Oticon, Inc. She also generously donated her own award of a pair of advanced technology Oticon hearing instruments to the Hear the Cheer fund. More than 10,000 votes were cast by people from across the country to help determine who among the 12 finalists would be the 2015 first, second and third place winners in the Adult, Student, Practitioner and Advocacy categories.

Fourteen-year-old Eliza was diagnosed at age five with a hearing impairment. She has always been happy to stand up in class and talk about her hearing loss and her hearing devices. No one was surprised when she put that same passion into action to advocate for others with hearing loss. While in sixth grade, Eliza teamed up with ESPN’s Sarah Spain and the Chicago Hearing Society to develop the Hear the Cheers fund for student athletes who can’t afford hearing devices. Since the fund started in 2013, Eliza has helped to raise almost $81,000 in donations and donated equipment so that many other children can also “Hear the Cheers”!

“Individuals like Eliza 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.  

Read the inspirational stories of all 12 winners of the Oticon Focus on People Awards at www.oticonusa.com.

Learn more about Hear the Cheers.



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