The Person-Centered Hearing Network: Making PCC a reality

By Amanda Farah Cox

Person-centered care (PCC) has been on the agenda of health systems, educational institutions, clinicians, and patient organizations around the world for years. But despite the imperative for PCC, making it a reality remains a challenge. 

Two years ago, the Ida Institute began establishing formal partnerships with universities, patient and professional organizations, and clinical entities as part of our effort to strengthen person-centered practices in hearing care. The partnership initiative has grown rapidly with 22 organizations having joined Ida in the effort to further person-centered care. 

Building on the success of these partnerships, Ida will convene representatives of our partners for the Inaugural Meeting of the Person-Centered Hearing Network (PCHN). The meeting will bring together representatives of leading patient organizations, educational institutions, professional organizations, and care providers from around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas and discuss concrete collaboration opportunities. 

“The purpose of this initiative is to advance person-centered care globally and build a network of organizations that are committed to translating the principles of person-centered care into concrete action, says Lise Lotte Bundesen, Managing Director of the Ida Institute. “We want to kickstart a movement of people and organizations working together to ensure that person-centered care becomes an integral part of the hearing care ‘eco-system’ – from education to clinical practice.”  

The PCHN will allow participants from various horizons to share knowledge and explore ideas that will spark new forms of collaborations across organizations, geographies and cultures. 

“Our partners bring a great diversity of experiences and perspectives to the table,” says Lise Lotte. “By working together, we can leverage insights from clinics, universities, and patient organizations to effect real change in the world of hearing healthcare. With the projects developed as an outcome of this network, we hope to be a catalyst towards a more person-centered future.” 

The inaugural meeting will take place from 27-28 August in Skodsborg, Denmark. Confirmed participants include:

Louise Pritchard, Action on Hearing Loss
Neil DiSarno, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Charlotte Rogers, British Academy of Audiology
Joy Rosenberg, British Society of Audiology
Jean Holden, Canadian Academy of Audiology
Dave Gordey, Canadian Academy of Audiology
Sarah Allen, The Ear Foundation
Christine Hunter, Hearing Matters Australia
Barbara Kelley, Hearing Loss Association of America
Nerina Scarinci, University of Queensland
Patricia McCarthy, Rush University
Susan Strauss, South African Association of Audiologists
Christine Rogers, University of Cape Town
Sille Meulengracht, University of Southern Denmark
Theresa H. Chisolm, University of South Florida
Karen Muñoz, Utah State University
Lu Beck, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Beatriz Mendes, Brazilian Academy of Audiology
Deborah Ferrari, The University of Sao Paolo
Talita le Roux, University of Pretoria
Jason Ridgway, Audiology Australia
Ryan Leighton, Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care and The Hearing Care Partnership
Clair Wilkes, Aston University
Charan Nelander, Danish Committee for Health Education