Phoenix doctor named award finalist: Phoenix doctor and author Jerald Altman has been named a finalist in the 2014 Oticon Focus on People Awards. 

Altman is an otolaryngologist with Valley ENT, a multi-practice physician group specializing in ear, nose and throat medicine and surgery. He is also the author of the children’s book “Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff in Your Ears!” 

As someone who developed profound unilateral hearing loss at age 6, Altman knows the importance of providing hearing care especially to those in underserved communities. He has volunteered his time and services on four trips to Ethiopia, which has allowed him to provide medical supplies and hearing care to children in orphanages and hospitals. His most recent mission trip in March 2014 took him to Mekele, Ethiopia, with other doctors, providing medical supplies, hearing care and surgeries to children and adults.

The Oticon Focus on People Awards honors hearing impaired students, adults and advocacy volunteers who have demonstrated through their accomplishments that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in the world. The contest has four categories: student, adult, advocacy and practitioner; Altman was nominated for the practitioner category.

Voting is open through July 15. To vote, visit oticonusa.com

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