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Lufkin's Dr. Sally Muhlbach is looking for nominees for honors program for people with hearing loss


Dr. Sally Muhlbach of Audiological Services is asking Angelina County for help in identifying outstanding individuals from a national awards program that honors people with any degree of hearing loss who make a difference in their schools, communities, or the world.

"There is no ‘typical' winner for this program," Muhlbach said.  "Past winners have included teachers, business people, dancers, graphic artists, social workers, high achieving students, and dedicated volunteers with a range of hearing loss from mild to more severe."

Now in its 16th year, the 2014 Oticon Focus on People Awards is "designed to help eliminate outdated and hurtful stereotypes that discourage people from seeking professional help for their hearing loss."

"For Dr. Muhlbach, the program is a great way to bring the positive message of the program home by recognizing local heroes who demonstrate that hearing loss does not limit a person's ability to achieve, contribute and excel," a press release stated.

Awards will be offered in four different categories. They include:

  • Student - for young people ages 6-21 with hearing loss

  • Adult - for adults ages 21 and up with hearing loss

  • Advocacy - for adults ages 21 an up with hearing loss who actively volunteer their time in advocacy or support efforts for the hard-of-hearing and deaf community

  • Practicioner - for hearing care professionals in general practice and school and clinical settings who go "above and beyond"

Nominees in the practicioner category are not required to have a hearing loss to qualify.

The first-place winners in the student, adult, and advocacy categories will receive a $1,000 prize, a $1,000 gift to the charity of their choice, and a set of Oticon advanced technology hearing instruments. Second-place winners in each category will receive a $500 award, and third-place winners will receive $250.

Dr. Sally E. Muhlbach encourages anyone who knows of an outstanding person with hearing loss to contact (him/her) at Audiological Services, (639) 632-2252 or via Audiological Services Website at

The deadline for nominations is May 15.

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