Naerum, Denmark — Ida Institute is offering three separate educational sessions focusing on the Institute’s patient-centered philosophy, methods, and tools at the annual conference of the American Academy of Audiology in Chicago, April 6-9.

The three sessions are intended to facilitate a movement away from an overemphasis on audiologists counseling clients about technology, and instead help clinicians to focus on a more balanced counseling approach. 

The first 3-hour session is “Group Aural Rehab: It’s Worth It, We’ll Show You How!” The seminar will show the benefits of audiologic rehabilitation groups and guide participants through the steps necessary to develop and implement a successful program. The program will be led by noted Ida Institute faculty members, such as Jean-Pierre Gagné, PhD, Université de Montréal, and Jane Madell, PhD, Pediatric Audiology Consulting.

Not able to be in Chicago? The 3-hour session will be available on Friday, April 8, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM CST via a live webcast on eAudiology, the Academy’s online educational forum. The session will also be available on demand at eAudiology.

The second session, “Living Well with Hearing Loss,” will be presented by Ida Institute faculty members Gagné and Patricia McCarthy, PhD, Rush University. The program will explore how audiologists typically define the concept of “living well with hearing loss” and assess whether their own concepts match those of patients. Practical Ida-developed tools will be demonstrated, and an ethnographic video obtained from recent international anthropological field work will provide the basis for contextualized learning and group discussion.

Finally, Audiology Now! participants can attend a hands-on workshop conducted by Ida staff members Kirsten Lauritsen and Melanie Gregory. The workshop will focus on “Self-Development in the Clinical Setting.” Participants will be introduced to several Ida Institute-created tools that facilitate development of patient-centered skills to enhance the clinical encounter for both clinician and patient.

More information will be available at the Ida Institute Booth #1321 or online at


SOURCE: Ida Institute