The Ida Institute

The Ida Institute is an independent, non-profit organization with the vision to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss.

Together with professionals from every area of hearing care we work to make person-centered care the preferred practice in clinic settings around the world. The tools you will discover on this website are a direct result of this collaborative effort. Ida tools are developed to empower hearing care professionals to engage people with hearing loss and in so doing, better address each client's needs.

Our website is also a free and open collaborative space where we invite you to share knowledge, information and resources.

We are funded through a grant from the Oticon Foundation.

Latest news

Ida Completes Filming for Transitions Management Project

THU OCT 20, 2016

The videos will show the students in their school environments to help illustrate noise levels in classrooms, hallways, and assemblies among other spaces.

New Ear Foundation Report Looks at Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss

FRI OCT 14, 2016

The report, written by Brian Lamb, Sue Archbold, and Ciaran O’Neill, looks at a Europe-wide strategy for promoting hearing technologies in order to reduce healthcare costs.

Ida Presenting at International Congress in Audio-vestibular Medicine

THU SEP 29, 2016

Ida’s presentation will be part of a series on telemedicine, and will look at how patients and hearing care professionals can both benefit from the use of teleaudiology, while addressing the challenges.


A patient-centered approach costs nothing. I think if you were to take an idea to a bank manager and when they asked what your overheads were and you said, 'there aren’t any, you just have to change your approach,' the bank manger would say ‘Of course it makes sense, it is a no brainer.'

Research Library

Browse the evidence behind Ida's principles

Research Committee

We are pleased to announce the awardees of our Research Committee grant. Congratulations to the teams headed by Nerina Scarinci, Janet Jamieson, and Katie Ekberg.

Recommended features

August: Fit for the Future
Fit for the Future

Fit for the Future

What can you do to anticipate changes in hearing healthcare and future-proof your practice?
May 2016: Change Guide
The Change Guide
The Change Guide
Introduce change to your workplace using methods that encourage participation and inspire consensus.

Vision 2020

The Big Messages on Sound and Hearing

We've been collecting videos about why sound and hearing are important. Click here to watch and share the Big Messages.



Extend your care beyond the appointment with these interactive tools.

Vision 2020

Background Information

Read the output from our Vision 2020 process and prepare yourself for the future of audiology!


Motivation Tools

Motivational Engagement

Assess client motivation and encourage people with hearing loss to take action.

Communication Partners

Work with clients to identify the most important people in their social network and to develop a shared strategy for communication.

Living Well

Living Well with Hearing Loss

Bring the client's daily life and specific needs into the appointment as you identify communication situations that are relevant and important to them.