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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Why People Take Action on Their Hearing


In collaboration with Professor Louise Hickson, Dr. Carly Meyer led a team of researchers to identify why some people with hearing loss choose to visit a clinic and take action on their hearing.

The study found that the perspective of the patient’s family and spouse plays an important role in influencing the person’s decision to take action. This provides additional support for including communication partners in the rehabilitation process.

Funded by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre in Australia, the study surveyed 307 older adults with hearing impairment to examine the influence of audiological and non-audiological factors on help-seeking behavior.

The research team found that a positive attitude towards hearing aids was the most important factor that drove individuals to...

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Connecting Hearing Loss with Healthy Aging Agenda


Frank Lin’s ongoing research at John Hopkins University has shed light on how hearing loss, cognitive functioning, and aging relate to each other.

Lin shared his public health perspective on hearing loss and aging at our recent series on Vision 2020: Creating a Future for Hearing Health Care.

In his presentation, Lin explains how hearing loss can contribute to increased cognitive load on the brain, changed brain structure, and social isolation in older adults. Combined, these three health pathways can lead to decreased cognitive and physical functioning in older adults.

Research by Lin and his colleagues have shown how individuals with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss have an increased risk to develop dementia compared to individuals with normal hearing. Other studies, he explains,...

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Overnight Camp Provides Support for Teenagers with Hearing Loss


Ida Fellows Carrie Spangler and Gail Whitelaw have developed an overnight camp for teenagers with hearing loss. The camp provides high school students with social and emotional support as they transition to college and begin their lives as adults.

Teenagers with hearing loss experience unique challenges as they move into a new life stage where they have more responsibilities and independence.

“Students with hearing loss often receive a lot of attention and support during the early years, but there seems to be a breakdown in support when they reach middle school and high school,” states Carrie Spangler, AuD, Educational Audiology Clinician at the University of Akron. “Socially and emotionally, teenagers may need to connect and speak frankly with other teens with hearing loss. Parents, on...

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