Vote for HHF's Board Chair in the 2015 Focus on People Awards!

As Hearing Health Foundation's (HHF) board chair, I am excited to share that I am a finalist in the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards in the Advocacy category. The Oticon Focus on People Awards honors individuals who demonstrate that hearing loss does not limit a person's ability to make a positive difference in the world. Since 1997, this national awards competition has honored more than 235 people with hearing loss.

During my tenure as a board member and chair, my dedication to progressing research has been instrumental to the development of HHF's Hearing Restoration Project, a consortium of top scientists who are vigilantly researching for a cure. It is my hope and dream that my efforts, coupled with those of my fellow board membersHHF staffresearchers and volunteers, lead to a cure that enables all those who want to experience life without hearing loss and tinnitus, to have that opportunity.


In addition to my work as board chair, this past year I started a blog, Living With Hearing Loss, with one goal in mind; to share my story. Through my blog, I share my experiences, tips, and learnings, such as the importance of self-advocacy, to help others live more comfortably with their own hearing loss and tinnitus. In the past year, my blog has received more than 20,000 visits by people living in almost 130 countries. It has been a remarkable support network for me, and I hope for them.

Below is the press release from Oticon announcing my status as finalist. I ask, as fellow supporters of HHF, to follow the link to read the stories of all the finalists and cast your VOTE. If I win, I have pledged my winnings to HHF to help further their mission and accelerate their progress towards a cure. Please consider showing your support today.

Many thanks for your support and thank you to Oticon for sponsoring these awards for the past 17 years!


Vote for Shari Eberts in the 2015 Focus on People Awards!

Vote Online at now through September 18

Oticon, Inc. has narrowed this year’s finalists down to 9 outstanding people with hearing loss who are helping to change negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. 

Each is unique, remarkable and inspiring.  And we are pleased to announce that Shari Eberts has been chosen as a finalist in the Advocacy category!

Shari understands well the importance of changing negative stereotypes of hearing loss because she had to do this for herself, with her own hearing loss. Through her writing and advocacy on behalf of people with hearing loss, she works to inspire others to live comfortably with their own hearing loss.

Please help us recognize Shari as one of the top finalists by casting your vote at

This is the 17th year that the Oticon Focus on People Awards has honored hearing impaired students, adults and advocacy volunteers who have demonstrated through their accomplishments that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in the world.

We encourage you to read all of the stories from this year’s finalists.  Our goal is to help Oticon reach as many people as possible with the inspirational stories of the Focus on People Award finalists. 

Please share this email with your family, friends and anyone you think would enjoy reading about the accomplishments of some remarkable people with hearing loss who show that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to achieve, contribute and inspire.

And please encourage them to vote for Shari Eberts!

Voting closes on September 18. Winners will be announced in October.

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