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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New Faces at Ida


The Ida Institute is pleased to announce the arrival of two new staff members. Anne Mette Jeppesen and Amanda Farah Cox have both joined the Ida team in the last month.

Anne Mette is joining us as a Project Manager and Audiologist. She will work on the development and launches of tools. She will also be involved in training seminars and workshops, as well as facilitating our Vision 2020 process. Prior to joining Ida, she was a project manager at a large hearing aid company for more than seven years, where she was an expert in tinnitus and worked on the creation of clinical tools. Anne Mette completed her Master of Arts in Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Copenhagen, where she did her thesis in cochlear implants.

Amanda is the Ida Institute’s new web editor, taking over...

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Ida Basics Introduces Patient Centered Care


The Ida Institute is pleased to announce the launch today of our new Ida Basics course. Ida Basics is a brief course designed as an introduction to the fundamentals of patient centered care. Through Ida Basics, users will learn how to implement patient centered care in their practices and have an opportunity to reflect on their current methods, as well as get inspiration for future interactions.

The course can be completed in as little as 60 minutes. Activities include a 20 minute webinar presented by Sue Ann Erdman, the Director of ARCCS, which gives a brief history of patient centered care; the short ethnographic video, “Oh Good, I Can Talk to My Kids,” where we see how to apply patient centered care in a clinical setting, as well as the clinician’s reactions; and a trial of Ida’s...

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Communication Rings Taught at Eriksholm Summer Camp


Eriksholm held its Summer Camp, sponsored by the Oticon Foundation, last week. The five days of workshops and seminars, held from 27-31 August at the Eriksholm Research Centre in Snekkersten, Denmark, brought together 55 audiologists from around the world. The focus of this year’s Summer Camp was how audiologists can help meet hearing aid users’ individual needs. 

Ida staff members Ena Nielsen and Hans Henrik Philipsen presented a workshop on the Communications Partner Tool, how it can be used to engage a hearing loss patient’s support system, and the role of communication partners in a patient’s rehabilitation. The ethnographic film, Gill and John, which tells the story of how Gill, who has hearing loss, is supported by her husband John in social situations, was shown. Following the...

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Ida Workshops at SLP and Audiology Focus on Motivation


The Ida Institute participated in the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Conference (Jornada Fonoaudiológica de Bauru) in Sao Paolo, Brazil, held from 20-23 August. Ida Institute Managing Director Lise Lotte Bunden and Senior Audiologist Melanie Gregory gave presentations and held workshops on Ida Motivational Tools to a multi-disciplinary audience including ENTs, audiologists, nurses, dentists, and speech language pathologists, beginning with a presentation to the Society for Otorhinolaryngoloy in Sao Paulo.

Two full days of workshops followed, facilitated by Bunden and Gregory, as well as two Ida Fellows:  Audiologist Deborah Viviane Ferrari and psychologist Dagma Abramides, both of the University of Sao Paulo Bauru. Ida Tools were taught by Gregory, and both days of workshops used...

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Vision 2020: The Hearing Care Specialist of the Future


The Ida Institute is progressing with its Vision 2020 project. We have developed three work streams for the project: The Hearing Care Specialist of the Future, Telehealth, and the Big Message.

We have now held our first meetings on the Hearing Care Specialist of the Future. The objective is to help audiologists adapt as the industry changes in the next few years by looking at what their role in patient care is beyond the audiogram.

Before the meeting about the Hearing Care Specialist of the Future, members of our community uploaded video presentations (Selfies) of their work to our forum to generate discussion. These discussions served as a starting point for the meetings.

The main ideas produced in the Hearing Care Specialist of the Future meetings for the longevity of audiology, are:...

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Using Ida Tools During Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation


Professor Danielle “Yell” Inverso has incorporated the Ida Institute tools into her Cochlear Implant rehabilitation course at Salus University in Pennsylvania, USA. She believes that the tools can help students learn how to motivate patients and their families to work together as a constructive team to manage their hearing loss as they live with a cochlear implant.

Undergoing surgery and receiving a cochlear implant is a significant life-changing decision. Patients and their family members must carefully consider whether these steps are right for them.

In her CI rehabilitaiton course at Salus University, Professor Inverso shows her students how the Ida Tools can help guide patients through the decision-making process. Inverso utilizes role-play exercises with real-life scenarios to...

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Changing Practice in Australia with the Ida Change Guide


Last year, we spoke with Bettina Turnbull to learn how she used the Ida Change Guide to introduce the Motivation Tools at Connect Hearing clinics across Australia. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Bettina and learn more about her steady progress.

Looking back on the past year, Bettina has found that the Ida Change Guide’s appreciative approach to change helped her create a permanent, sustainable change in behavior across her organization.

Bettina’s goal was to change the daily practices of hundreds of audiologists working in Connect Hearing clinics across Australia. At the end of the process, she aimed to have all clinicians using the Ida Motivation Tools to explore and assess their client’s motivation to take action on their hearing.

After a year, she has succeeded...

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