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Dr. Parent Buck recipient of Focus on People award

Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD, professor and chair, A.T. Still University department of audiology, is among the outstanding people with hearing loss honored by the 2013 Oticon Focus on People Awards. The national competition recognizes individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. Dr. Parent Buck was selected as a second-place winner in the Practitioner Category.

She will receive a trophy and $500 gift, and plans on donating the money to a fund for the AFA Balance and Hearing Institute to support services for patients in need. The name for the fund is still to be determined.

“Individuals like Dr. Parent Buck are inspiring role models for people living with hearing loss,” said 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 were created in 1997 by Oticon, Inc. By celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of individuals with hearing loss, Oticon, Inc., hopes 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.


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