The Ida Institute announced the appointment of Barbara Kelley, Executive Director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) to its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, made up of distinguished experts in hearing health and related disciplines, provides counsel and support for the Ida Institute’s strategic planning and helps to disseminate Ida tools and resources. Kelley is the first representative of a patient organization to join the Advisory Board, reflecting the Ida Institute’s commitment to strengthening the patient perspective and focus on including patients in their own care.

“We are pleased to welcome Barbara Kelley to the Ida Institute Advisory Board,” said Ida Institute Managing Director Lise Lotte Bundesen. “Through her work with the HLAA, Barbara has helped to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy, and support. She brings a deep appreciation and understanding of people’s experience of hearing loss to the work of our Advisory Board.  We look forward to her contributions as we continue our focus on a person-centered approach that allows people to better articulate their needs and play a more active role in their own care.”

“Many HLAA members have participated in Ida workshops and we have been pleased with the emphasis on people being encouraged to be active participants in their hearing health care,” said Kelley. “Representing the largest consumer organization for people with hearing loss in the US, I hope to bring that perspective to the Ida Institute’s work with patients and audiologists on person-centered care.”

Kelley joins a qualified and committed group of thought leaders who make up the Ida Institute Advisory Board. They include Louise Hickson, PhD, Associate Dean External Engagement, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland, AU; Lucille Beck, PhD, US Department of Veterans Affairs, US; De Wet Swanepoel, PhD, professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, ZA; Deborah Ferarri, PhD, professor, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Department, School of Dentistry of Bauru, University of São Paulo, BR; Darcy Benson, AuD, audiologist and practice owner, California Hearing Center and Audiology Services, Inc, US; Melanie Gregory, group head of audiology, Leightons and The Hearing Care Partnership, UK; Uwe Hermann, DK; and David Zapala, PhD, head of section of audiology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery/Audiology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida and associate professor of audiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, US.

For more than 10 years, the nonprofit Ida Institute has worked with hearing care professionals worldwide to advance person-centered practice in hearing care, developing a comprehensive portfolio of counseling tools and resources for professionals and patients.

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