Millersville Doctor Is Finalist For National Award: How To Vote


Millersville resident and audiologist Dr. Roni Dinkes is up for the Heroic Hearing Care Professional Award from hearing aid manufacturer Oticon. Dinkes is pictured above. (Courtesy of Dr. Roni Dinkes and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center)

MILLERSVILLE, MD - A doctor from Millersville is one of three finalists for a national award in hearing care.

Dr. Roni Dinkes is up for the Heroic Hearing Care Professional Award from hearing aid manufacturer Oticon. A public vote will decide the winner, and supporters are encouraged to cast a ballot.

“It has been my life’s work to help people hear better,” Dinkes said in a video after her nomination. “I am truly honored that I have been recognized as a finalist in the Oticon Focus on People Choice Awards.”

Dinkes is the director and senior clinical audiologist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. She has been with Hopkins since 1997. 

Dinkes supervises clinical students pursuing degrees in audiology and speech pathology. She also oversees the clinical rotation of medical students from Johns Hopkins University. 

With a focus on diabetes and hearing loss, Dinkes is the Maryland State Cohort for the nonprofit Audiology Project. She educates others on the importance of monitoring for hearing and balance issues caused by chronic diseases. She delivers these lessons on podcasts and in presentations to professional and community groups.

Dinkes is up against Dr. Michelle Hu of La Jolla, California and Dr. Chandace Jeep of Durango, Colorado. The finalists' biographies are posted here.

Voting is open through Friday for the 25th annual Oticon Focus on People Awards.

Anybody can cast their vote at this link.

The winners will be revealed in February at the OticonNext Conference. 

The first-place winner will earn $2,500 and a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice. The runners-up will also get a cash prize.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Oticon Focus on People Awards, we are reminded of the incredible resilience, innovation and sheer determination of all our nominees, past and present,” Oticon Vice President of Marketing Jacob Torpe Winter said in a press release. “They’re our reason for doing what we do in working to develop new and advanced hearing care solutions for the people who need them. We encourage everyone to read about our inspiring 2023 finalists, cast your vote, and join us in celebrating the people who work hard to spread inclusivity and awareness in the hearing loss community and beyond.”

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