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.

Recommended features

Mar 2015: Ida in the VA
Ida Tools in VA Clinics

Ida Tools in VA Clinics

The VA recommends the use of Ida Tools within audiological rehabilitation.
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.


Recent Forum Entry: Different Aspects of Pediatric Adaption

How important is it to involve child psychologists when dealing with audiology? In our Spanish Speakers Forum, participants are discussing the necessity of a multi-disciplinary approach when treating children with hearing loss. 

Click here to ask questions and share your own clinical or personal experience.

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.

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 be set up at booth #401. Come say hello!

Latest news

Ida Institute Featured Session and Booth at AAA

MON MAR 23, 2015

Ida will be at the Audiology Now! conference this week in San Antonio, Texas, presenting a featured session on Friday morning about our Vision 2020 process called Creating the Future of Hearing Care.

Three Monkeys Poster Adapted for International Ear Care Day

WED MAR 18, 2015

It has been nearly two years since the Three Monkeys were chosen as the winner of our Ideas Worth Hearing competition, and We’re very excited to see the idea is still going strong.

New Article on Hearing Loss as a Rite of Passage

FRI MAR 13, 2015

Graduations, marriages, and visits to the audiologist: We might not view them in the same light, but these milestones are the topic of Ida Institute Chief Anthropologist Hans Henrik Philipsen’s new article.


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.