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

Study Shows Importance of Patient Motivation in Hearing Aid Adoption

FRI NOV 27, 2015

A new study from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, identifies patient motivation as the second-most important factor in hearing aid adoption.

Ear Foundation Releases Latest Report on Access to Hearing Healthcare

THU NOV 19, 2015

The Ear Foundation has published its third report on the impact of hearing loss on adults, and recommends how the UK government support those with hearing loss while saving money.

New Materials Available on Ida's Vision 2020 Process

WED NOV 11, 2015

The first material from our Vision 2020 process has been published. You can now get a full overview of our different projects, meetings, and ideas. 


CI Resources

Cochlear Implant Resources

We've shared information learned at our CI seminar to help your pediatric patients and their families on their journey.

Ida at BAA

The Ida Institute's Melanie Gregory will present a workshop, "Supporting of Management of Transitions for Families and Children with Hearing Loss," at the British Academy of Audiology Conference. Join in on Friday, 27 November, at 13:45.

Research Library

Browse the evidence behind Ida's principles

Recommended features

Oct 2015: Anthropology and Ethnography
Anthropology and Ethnography

Anthropology and Ethnography

Since 2008, the Ida Institute has interviewed audiologists and patients about their work, their hearing losses, and reflections on their experiences.
Sep 2015: Family Centered Care
Family Centered Care
Family Centered Care
We're looking at the benefits of family centered care beyond pediatric patients, because hearing loss is a family affair no matter the age of the patient.


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.