Among this year winners are: Jim Detterline (Adult Category), a highly accomplished mountaineer and a former park ranger who has been recognized for his service in rescue with the prestigious Medal of Valor from the Department of the Interior; Bill Rogers (Advocacy Category) who helped to found HEAR Nashville, an easily accessed resource for low-income people in middle Tennessee who need hearing help; eleven-year-old Hayleigh Scott (Student Category) who holds a provisional patent from the U.S. Patent Office for her unique hearing aid charms designed to help people let their hearing instruments shine; and Jacqueline Rogers Scholl, AuD (Practitioner Category) who helped to ensure that vital hearing services would continue to reach a rural population where the incidence of hearing loss is great.
Jim Detterline of Estes Park, CO
Jim Detterline, who is hearing impaired, has been an advocate for those with hearing loss most of his life.
A former park ranger who served with the Rocky Mountain National Park for more than 25 years and a highly accomplished mountaineer, the Estes Park-Allenspark area resident has been recognized for his service in rescue with numerous awards including the prestigious Medal of Valor from the Department of the Interior.
As the Long's Peak supervisory Climbing Ranger, he personally took part in many of the rescue missions, law enforcement incidents, wildfires, and management of the peak's diverse resources and human needs.
While serving with the National Parks Service, Detterline became an advocate for other experienced rangers across the park system who have hearing loss.
Currently, Detterline volunteers for the Marion Downs Hearing Center
and has taken young teens with hearing loss rock climbing, hiking and to the summit of Long's
Peak, the highest peak in the Park at 14, 259 feet above sea level.
holds the all-time record for reaching the summit of Long's
Peak with more than 350 successful ascents.
As part of his
has designated the Marion Downs Hearing Center
choice for a $1,000 donation from Oticon, Inc.
2010 OTICON FOCUS ON PEOPLE AWARD WINNERS were honored at an awards ceremony held at the Oticon Human Link Conference in Stevenson, WA. Pictured (l-r): Bill Rogers (Advocacy), Oticon President Peer Lauritsen, Jacqueline Rogers Scholl, AuD (Practitioner), Jim Detterline (Adult) and front, Hayleigh Scott (Student).