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

Ida Presented at 10th Eriksholm Summer Camp

THU AUG 27, 2015

Eriksholm Research Centre brought together an international group of audiology students for presentations and activities revolving around the theme, “Beyond the Audiogram.”

The Importance of Communication Partners in Hearing Aid Adoption

FRI AUG 21, 2015

An article in the current issue of ENT & Audiology News identifies communication partners as key influencers in people with hearing loss taking action.

Interview: The Benefit of Having a Psychologist Involved

FRI AUG 14, 2015

Dr. Amy Szarkowski is a psychologist in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She Amy recently participated in Ida’s Cochlear Implant Journey seminar.


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

July 2015: University Course
The New Ida University Course

The New Ida University Course

We’re proud to launch a new and expanded University Course with new content and a richer context of questions, reflections, dilemmas, case studies, role-plays and ethnographic videos.
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.


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.