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

Winner Selected in the Big Messages Video Competition

TUE MAY 3, 2016

The Ida Institute is pleased to announce the winner of our Big Messages competition.Jim Wilson created the winning video at our booth at the AudiologyNow! Conference.

New Study Looks at Use of Ida Tools in Motivational Engagement

THU APR 28, 2016

The study, “Motivational engagement in first-time hearing aids users: A feasibility study,” used the Motivation Tools with persons with hearing loss to assess their readiness to take action.

New Ear Foundation Report Recommends Adult Hearing Screenings

THU APR 21, 2016

"Adult Hearing Screening: Can We Afford to Wait Any Longer?” was written by Brian Lamb and Ida Advisory Board member Sue Archbold and released in collaboration with Action on Hearing Loss.


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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.

Research Committee

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

We will share more information on the projects soon.

Recommended features

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.
Jan 2016: Transitions
Teens, Tweens, and Transitions
Teens, Tweens, and Transitions
Our Transitions Management project looks at how teens and tweens with hearing loss can manage the changes in their lives.


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.