The Ida Institute

The Ida Institute is an independent, non-profit organization with the vision to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss.

Together with professionals from every area of hearing care we work to make patient centered care the preferred practice in clinic settings around the world.  The tools you will discover on this website are a direct result of this collaborative effort. Ida tools are developed to empower hearing care professionals to engage with patients and in so doing, better address each patient’s needs.

Our website is also a free and open collaborative space where we invite you to share knowledge, information and resources.

We are funded through a grant from the Oticon Foundation.

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Feb 2015: Long Distance Learning
Long Distance Learning

Long Distance Learning

From Ida's courses to the School of Dentistry of Bauru at the University of Sao Paulo's 18-month course, we're exploring different ways to teach patient centered care in audiology online.
Ida Basics Introduces Patient Centered Care
Ida Basics Introduces Patient Centered Care
The Ida Institute is pleased to announce the launch of our new Ida Basics course. Ida Basics is a brief course designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of patient centered care. Through Ida ...


Recent Forum Entry: A Parent's Journey

What is life like for the parents of children who are diagnosed with a hearing loss? Are they ever intimidated to talk about what life is like at home? Do professional have trouble understanding real-world scenarios for families?

We're discussing an article by Tamsin Coates in our Forum. Weigh in with your own experiences and opinions!

Some people think patient-centered care would be really time-consuming, but I don't personally feel that it is. There are ways around the expense of time. It doesn't have to take a lot longer just because you are focusing on the patient as opposed to your predefined goals.

Naomi Russell

Ida at AAA

We're excited to participate at this year's Audiology Now! conference in San Antonio, Texas, from 25-28 March. We will be presenting a featured session on our Vision 2020 project: Creating the Future of Hearing Care.

We will also have a booth set up. Come say hello!

Latest news

Using Living Well and My World to Explore Wireless Tech

As hearing aids become more sophisticated, so does the technology that supplements them. But how do patients and their audiologists know if this added tech is helpful for the hearing aid user?

New Films Share Children's Cochlear Implant Journeys

Ida Institute Chief Anthropologist Hans Henrik Philipsen is currently preparing  new ethnographic films based on a recent trip to South Africa. While in Cape Town, Hans Henrik interviewed families...

Cochlear Implant Seminar at Ida Institute This April

The Ida Institute is looking forward to expanding its work with cochlear implants this year. This will include hosting a seminar, “Successes, Gaps and Challenges in CI Rehabilitation: The CI Journey...


Motivation Tools

Patient motivation

Assess patient motivation and encourage patients to take responsibility for their own actions and take action on their hearing loss.

Communication Partners

Work with the patient to identify the most important people in their social network and to develop a shared strategy for communication.

Living Well

Living Well with Hearing Loss

Bring the patient's daily life and specific needs into the appointment as you identify communication situations that are relevant and important to them.