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.

Latest news

Living Better with Hearing Loss: An Interview with Katherine Bouton

FRI JUL 31, 2015

We spoke to author Katherine Bouton about her new book, Living Better With Hearing Loss: A Guide to Health, Happiness, Love, Sex, Work... and Hearing Aids, and about her own hearing loss journey.

Ida Featured in the New Issue of ENT and Audiology News

FRI JUL 24, 2015

Ida Institute Senior Anthropologist Hans Henrik Philipsen has been interviewed for the latest issue of ENT and Audiology News. Another article in the same issue features our GPS tool.

Ida Managing Director Speaks to Harvard Women's Leadership Board

FRI JUL 17, 2015

Lise Lotte Bundesen recently spoke to the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board at an event in Copenhagen. The group of 30 women included doctors, heads of finance, and film producers among others.


Last year people started coming in on recommendations from doctors and other patients. I think my practice is doing well because I am patient-centered.

Looking to the Future of Audiology

As audiology continues to evolve, we're rounding up videos and articles from inside the field about how audiologists can adapt with the changes. We're also sharing insights from other businesses and industries to see how different fields are successfully transitioning to new methods.

Click here to read the articles, watch the videos, and share your own materials and thoughts.

Research Library

Browse the evidence behind Ida's principles

Recommended features

June 2015: The Cochlear Implant Journey
The Cochlear Implant Journey

The Cochlear Implant Journey

The Ida Institute investigates what support children with cochlear implants and their families need to smoothly navigate the CI journey.
May 2015: Tele-health
Tele-health in Audiology
Tele-health in Audiology
We're exploring how tele-health is being used now, and how to make it a regular part of practices in the near future.


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.