On, Saturday, October 16, 2010, Oticon held an awards luncheon for their national competition called The Oticon Focus on People Award.
It was such an honor to be among such amazing people who have contributed so much to the world of audiology. There were people who have spent their lives advocating for rights for the hearing impaired and providing excellent service as audiologists. What an honor.
I have copied below what Oticon had to say about me and my business Hayleigh's Cherished Charms. Thank you Oticon for your support and recognition. I hope to continue to inspire others and help people to feel special about their hearing aids!
Hayleigh, who has worn hearing instuments since she was 18 months or age, is determined to help others with hearing loss feel as confident and comfortable wearing hearing instruments as she is. In 2008, she received a provisional patent from the U.S. Patent Office for her unique hearing aid charms aptly named Hayleigh's Cherished Charms. In a world where many look for ways to camouflage their hearing aids, Hayleigh wanted to help people let their hearing aids shine. Her successful website business at www.hayleighscherishedcharms.com, features more than 50 hearing aid charms, all designed and constructed by Hayleigh. She donates 10 percent of sales to hearing health research and education.
This spring, I was invited to present at a conference in Wisconsin and had a wonderful surprise...Miss Deaf USA 2010, Michelle Koplitz was there! We met my first full day at the conference. I was very lucky to be able to spend some time talking with her and I got to watch her presentation. She was so incredibly nice and knowledgeable. As I was leaving the conference, I saw Michelle wearing her tiara and sash. She put the crown on my head and together we posed for another photograph.
Thank you so much Michelle for being so kind to me and for being such a wonderful role model for the deaf and hard of hearing community!
Your new friend, Hayleigh