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Paula Rosenthal Honored With Oticon Focus on People Award for Advocacy

Paula Rosenthal, J.D., publisher of, a community website for people with hearing loss, their families and professionals who serve them, is a recipient of a 2007 Oticon Focus on People Award. Ms. Rosenthal was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing adults and children. She is a bilateral cochlear implant user as is her daughter and speaks and writes about issues related to deafness including cochlear implants and parenting children with hearing loss.


(PRWEB) September 18, 2007 -- Paula Rosenthal, J.D., publisher of is among nine outstanding individuals with hearing loss honored by the 2007 Oticon Focus on People Awards. Oticon Focus on People Award is a national competition that recognizes individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. Ms. Rosenthal's selection as a winner in the Advocacy Category was announced in September at the tenth annual Oticon Focus on People Awards Ceremony in Boston. The Awards ceremony was attended by over 200 leading hearing care professionals from across the country.

Diagnosed with a progressive hearing loss in early childhood, Ms. Rosenthal has never allowed her hearing loss to interfere with her ability to succeed and to serve as an advocate for deaf people. In 2000, she founded as a virtual community for people with all kinds of hearing loss, their family and professionals who work with them. She and her daughter both hear using bilateral cochlear implants after many years wearing hearing aids.


HearingExchange offers forums, chats and a wealth of resources, articles, and Ms. Rosenthal's own personal experiences as a deaf woman and as the mother of a child with hearing loss. An experienced inspirational speaker, she has spoken at conferences, workshops and chapter meetings for such groups as the Hearing Loss Association of America, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, The Moog Center for Deaf Education, Clarke School for the Deaf and a variety of cochlear implant support groups around the country.


The Oticon Focus on People Awards were created in 1997 by Oticon, Inc., one of the world's oldest and most respected hearing instrument manufacturers. 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. The company's goal is to reach out to the 80 percent of an estimated 28 million Americans who could benefit from hearing instruments, but who fail to seek professional help.


"Given that hearing loss is the number-one disability in America, these findings are significant," says Peer Lauritsen, president of Oticon, Inc. "It's interesting to note that Americans now openly discuss and seek help for once 'unmentionable' diseases and disabilities, but not hearing loss. The challenge continues to be changing outdated and hurtful misconceptions of what it means to have a hearing loss."


Experts say that the stigma associated with hearing loss may explain why most hearing impaired people wait an average of 10 years before obtaining a hearing aid despite the incredible advances of recent years, including the introduction of digital hearing instruments.


For more information about the Oticon Focus on People Award and hearing health, log on to Oticon's website here. (



NOTE: HearingExchange served thousands of people for over 10 years. While it is no longer published,
Paula has continued her advocacy and serves people through her website at
and on Instagram at @thepaularosenthal.

April 28, 2017 - Syosset Jericho Tribune

Jericho High School Inducts Hall of Fame Members

The Jericho High School Alumni Hall of Fame hosted their 27th annual Induction Ceremony recently. Students, faculty, administration and members of the board of education joined family, friends, members of the community and retired teachers, to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the 2017 inductees. The Hall of Fame was established to highlight the diversified accomplishments of Jericho alumni. Each inductee serves as a role model of excellence for current Jericho students.

This year’s inductees include: Phil Bildner, Class of 1986, New York Times bestselling author, attorney and public school teacher; William Passarelli, Class of 1983, cardiologist, teacher and volunteer for Hurricane Katrina relief; Craig Pinto, Class of 1996, founder of the National Celiac Disease Society, Guinness World Record holder, athlete and coach; Paula Finkelstein Rosenthal, Class of 1984, hearing-impaired advocate, founder of Hearing Exchange and entrepreneur; Robert Simon, Class of 1972, television producer for Quantico, CSI: Miami, Twin Peaks and many other shows.

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