New Films Share Children's Cochlear Implant Journeys


Ida Institute Chief Anthropologist Hans Henrik Philipsen is currently preparing  new ethnographic films based on a recent trip to South Africa. While in Cape Town, Hans Henrik interviewed families with children with cochlear implants  to learn about their rehabilitation processes, their daily lives, and what is being done  to meet their needs.

“These  films provide a lot of insights into the challenges and where the gaps are,” says Hans Henrik. “What’s needed for parents to improve this journey they’re on with the child? Before, we tried with the help of the audiologists in our faculty to find these gaps. Some of the insights that I found in South Africa confirm these gaps. There were also some new ones.”

One of the films, Team Connor, follows the titular nine-year-old boy through his...

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Cochlear Implant Seminar at Ida Institute


The Ida Institute is looking forward to expanding its work with cochlear implants this year. This will include hosting a seminar, “Successes, Gaps and Challenges in CI Rehabilitation: The CI Journey for Children and Their Families.” The focus of the seminar will be the patient experience, exploring the needs of children with CIs and their families.

The seminar was developed in collaboration with a faculty of internationally respected CI professionals, Christine Yoshinaga-Itano (USA), Lone Percy-Smith (DK), Ruth Bourne (SA) and Sue Archbold (UK).

Discussions and materials will take into consideration not only the shock and grief experienced as a result of the child’s diagnosis of hearing loss, but also the concerns about cochlear implants as a treatment from the surgery through the...

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Vision 2020: Tele-health in Audiology: Next Steps


A virtual meeting was held for the second phase of the Tele-health in Audiology work stream of our Vision 2020 process. In the first meeting, participants discussed the objectives, potentials, and challenges of tele-audiology. In the second virtual meeting, participants discussed ideas for how tele-audiology could be used, shared existing examples of tele-health in practice, and discussed how to deal with both high and low tech solutions.

Several participants in the meeting said that most of the questions they receive in the clinic have to do with hearing aid maintenance, saying that even cleaning hearing aids is a stumbling block for many users. With this in mind, solutions were discussed such as instructional videos on how to clean hearing aids and push notifications to tablet and...

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What is the Cost of Not Treating Hearing Loss?


The Ear Foundation has recently released two parts of a study focusing on the challenges of adults living with hearing loss, and what initiatives can be taken to improve their quality of life. The reports were led by Ida Institute Advisory Board member Sue Archbold for the UK-based charity, which specializes in cochlear implants and family centered care.

The second and latest installment of the study focuses on the cost of not treating hearing loss. Rather than calculating how much would be spent on implants and doctors’ visits, they have instead calculated what is lost because of unemployment, lost tax revenues and lost expenditures.

“Ciaran O’Neill is the guy who does that for us,” says Sue Archbold in a phone call. “He worked with us to get the cost effectiveness of cochlear...

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Applying Motivation Tools to Vestibular Rehabilitation


The Ida Motivation Tools can be used in other audiological areas outside of hearing aids. Nicola Topass, a team leader at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, England, has begun using them with her vestibular patients as a way to reduce “did not attend” rates in her clinic.

“We had done an audit of our ‘did not attend’ rates for the patients in our clinic and noticed that the rate was much higher than that for general hearing aid clinics,” says Topass. “We had already offered a customized approach which the current research had suggested was the best treatment approach. I had then attended the BAA conference and heard about the Motivation Tools that the research group...

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The Hearing Care Manager of the Future: Next Steps


As part of our Vision 2020 project, the Ida Institute is continuing to discuss what methods the Hearing Care Manager of the Future will need to use in his or her practice. We have now held the second virtual meeting on this work stream.

In the first Hearing Care Manager meeting, participants highlighted the main ideas of “encourage patient centered care,” “offer flexible services,” “improve communication,” and “more research” as key to the longevity of audiology. In this meeting, participants related these ideas back to the different aspects and action points of the clinical journey. They discussed a range of elements spanning from preparing patients for their initial appointments to the maintenance of long-term relationships between the patient and clinician to the impact physical...

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New Ida Advisory Board Members


We’re very pleased to welcome the following new members to the Ida Institute Board of Advisors:

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD is a Professor of Audiology and Chair in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, faculty of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also serves as a Professor of Audiology at the Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado, Denver and at the Marion Downs Hearing Center. She previously participated in a post-session workshop on the My World tool.

Sue Archbold is the Chief Executive of the Ear Foundation, a charity which funded the first pediatric cochlear implants in the UK, which she helped to found. She previously ran the Nottingham Cochlear Implant...

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Vision 2020: Tele-Health in Audiology


The Ida Institute is excited to be progressing with our Vision 2020 projects. We’ve now held the initial virtual meetings about the Tele-health portion of our process. The first stage of this process looked at developing a small, flexible model of potential best practices for tele-health in audiology.

Prior to the meetings, three guest speakers uploaded brief video selfies discussing different aspects of tele-health to the Ida Forum. These selfies provided fodder for the initial discussions. Two discussions touched upon in the meetings were how to define tele-health and good tele-health communication.

The primary goal of tele-health is to offer better access to patients with either limited mobility, or who live in places where there isn’t easy access to an audiologist. There are, of...

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Supporting Patient Involvement Workshop at Lund University


Ida staff presented a workshop on supporting patient involvement to a group of 15 audiology graduate students at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, this week. Senior Audiologist Melanie Gregrory, audiologist Anne Mette Jeppesen, and chief anthropologist Hans Henrik Philipsen presented different tools, organized activities, and showed different ethnographic films and explained the relevance of ethnography in audiology to the group. Participants were taught the Motivational, Communication Partner, and Living Well tools. 

The daylong session began with a role playing exercise that allowed participants to get to know each other, as well as introducing the communication skills necessary for patient centered care. This point was further illustrated by the short ethnographic film “The Color of My...

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Ida in ENT and Audiology News


The Ida Institute is very excited to be featured in two articles in the latest issue of ENT and Audiology News magazine.

The first article is by Berth Danermark at the Audiological Research Centre at Örebro University in Örebro, Sweden. Dr. Danermark is a former Ida advisory board member and a former participant at an Ida Seminar. His article focuses on patient centered care in audiology and what factors allow or prevent audiologists from implementing these approaches in their practices. His results are based on a questionnaire that was handed out at an Ida Seminar in 2012. The study looks at the use of the Ida Motivation Tools, which were considered the second-most important factor in facilitating patient centered care. The study concluded that the importance of the Ida Tools stems from...

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