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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Ida Workshops at SLP and Audiology Conference in Bauru, Brazil


The Ida Institute is very excited to participate in the upcoming Speech Language Pahology and Audiology Conference on August 20-23 2014, in the city of Bauru, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The conference is being hosted by the SLP-Audiology Department of the Dental School of Bauru - University of Sao Paulo. Ida Fellow Deborah Viviane Ferrari, who is a professor of audiology at the university, has been instrumental in coordinating Ida's participating in the conference.

The conference will focus on innovative practices that can help improve the quality of hearing health and speech practices across the Brazilian population.

The Ida Institute will be well represented among the conference's numerous workshops, short courses, and courses on communication disorders.

Ida Fellow Jean-Pierre Gagne...

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Study Highlights Value of Online Rehabilitation Programs


New research finds that online audiologic rehabilitation programs can provide substantial long-term benefits to people living with hearing loss. The research can help pave the way to an expansion of hearing care services and educational programs delivered via the Internet.

As part of her PhD research at Linköping University, Elisabet Sundewall Thorén conducted four studies to explore the effectiveness of online surveys and rehabilitation courses. Her studies found that the Internet is a valuable and effective method to provide rehabilitation and education programs for persons with hearing loss.

One study involved a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a five-week online rehabilitation intervention. The intervention involved five activities: reading, home training,...

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Vision 2020: Creating the Future of Hearing Healthcare


At the end of 2013, we set out to collaboratively create a global vision of hearing healthcare in 2020.

To gain global perspectives and insights, we conducted three, one-day satellite meetings in the UK, Australia, and the United States. Then, we held a three-day summit in Denmark in February to synthesize themes, formulate the overall vision, and identify ways forward. Participants at the final summit included Ida advisory board members and faculty members from previous Ida seminars.

At the meetings, we explored challenges, opportunities, and emerging trends in hearing healthcare. Here are some of the trends and challenges we identified:

  • Emerging association between aging, cognitive decline, and hearing loss

  • Remote delivery of hearing care services/sales paired with self-fitting and...

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