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

My World Workshop Presented at the Ear Foundation

FRI JUN 24, 2016

Ida Senior Audiologist Melanie Gregory presented the My World tool to a group of 25 teachers of the deaf.

Cochlear Implant Journey Presentation on Audiology Online

FRI JUN 17, 2016

Ida Learning Specialist Ena Nielsen will give the presentation on Wednesday, June 22 at 12pm EST through the Audiology Online website.

NAS Releases Report on Priorities for Hearing Healthcare

FRI JUN 10, 2016

The report makes recommendations for changes to hearing care, with the aim of reaching more people who need to improve their hearing.


University Course Survey

The Ida Institute is currently running a survey on our updated University Course and we would like to hear your opinions. Your response will help us improve the University Course for the benefit of students, educators, and people living with hearing loss. The questionnaire will only take five minutes. Please click here to continue.

Research Library

Browse the evidence behind Ida's principles

Research Committee

We are pleased to announce the awardees of our Research Committee grant. Congratulations to the teams headed by Nerina Scarinci, Janet Jamieson, and Katie Ekberg.

Recommended features

May 2016: Change Guide
The Change Guide

The Change Guide

Introduce change to your workplace using methods that encourage participation and inspire consensus.
Feb 2016: Tinnitus
The Tinnitus Challenge
The Tinnitus Challenge
Tinnitus is incurable, but there are ways to support tinnitus patients, help them manage their symptoms, and live well with tinnitus.

Vision 2020

The Big Messages on Sound and Hearing

We've been collecting videos about why sound and hearing are important. Click here to watch and share the Big Messages.



Extend your care beyond the appointment with these interactive tools.

Vision 2020

Background Information

Read the output from our Vision 2020 process and prepare yourself for the future of audiology!


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.