Plano native Meryl Evans is one of 12 people up for a 2021 Oticon Focus on People Award. This national program recognizes adults, students and advocates with hearing loss, along with the hearing care practitioners empowering and advocating for the hearing loss community on a daily basis.
Evans is one of three people nominated in the Advocacy category. She is an entrepreneur, speaker and author who has run a digital marking and writing business for more than two decades. She will be competing against Sarah Klegman of Sherman Oaks, California; Paul Wichansky, Ph.D. of Freehold, New Jersey.
“Over the course of more than two decades, the Oticon Focus on People Awards has honored more than 300 outstanding individuals making a difference in the hearing loss community,” Nancy Palmere, Director of Consumer Marketing and Public Relations for Oticon, Inc, said. “From authors to athletes, to humanitarians and public speakers, this year’s 12 finalists are no different. They’re inspiring their communities and working hard to eliminate barriers and affect change for all people with hearing loss.”
Voting will continue online through Dec. 17. The top vote-getter in each category will be announced in February. First-place winners will receive a donation to the charity of their choice. Winners in the Student, Adult, and Advocacy categories will also receive a pair of new Oticon hearing aids.