Ida Institute, Naerum, Denmark, recently convened a gathering of hearing care opinion leaders representing the audiology departments of 19 leading US universities, says a statement from the Institute.

The 2-day Academic Panel, held at the University of Florida, Gainesville, explored opportunities to integrate the Institute’s education materials into undergraduate and graduate audiology curriculums. The Institute also discussed potential partnerships with the attending universities to collaborate on projects, studies, papers, and new findings in areas that have the most relevance and greatest impact for hearing care, hearing care professionals, and people with hearing loss.

“We see tremendous potential for young audiologists preparing to enter workforce to benefit from the many patient-centered tools developed by the Ida Institute through our seminars and collaboration with experts in audiology and other health care disciplines,” says Institute Director Lise Lotte Bundesen. “Through partnerships with universities in the US and other countries, we aim to inspire networking and new ambassadors to further the Institute’s goal of generating better understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss.”

The Academic Panel was comprised of representatives from: University of Kansas, Rush University Medical Center, University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, Gallaudet University, James Madison University, The University of Akron, AT Still University of Health Sciences, University of North Carolina, University of Florida, University of Texas – Dallas, University of South Florida, University of Louisville, University of Mississippi, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, Indiana University, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and City University of New York.

A number of Ida Institute fellows—hearing care professionals who have completed one of the Institute’s seminar sessions—have already integrated the Institute’s patient-centered tools into curriculums for undergradute, graduate, and post-graduate students. The practical, hands-on tools facilitate patient engagement in the counseling process and support practitioners in analysis and problem solving. They include:

• Patient Journey – allows audiologists to “map” the patient journey with their patients
• Reflective Journal – developed for reflection with the aim of giving professionals a deeper insight into their clinical practice
• Line, Circle, and Box – helps to clarify where the patient sees him/herself in the changing process and to shed light on a patient’s ambivalence
• Mirror Exercises – video reenactments from life at the clinic provide an engaging resource for self-reflection
• Dilemma Cards – assist in preparing for difficult and challenging clinical situations and aim to inspire knowledge sharing among players

“I realized much of what I was teaching was too much in the abstract,” says Ida Institute Fellow Yell Inverso, AuD, PhD, of the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University. “Ida Institute tools give me something more concrete to share with my students so that they have practical tools to use to better relate to their patients. When I present the tools to students in class, it is amazing to see how their wheels are turning, thinking about patients that they have seen recently. They all have their hands up, wanting to chime in and give an example of how this or that might have changed if they had just had this tool available to them two weeks ago when Mr Smith was in.”

Bundesen says she anticipates similar positive responses as the Academic Panel members begin to integrate Ida Institute tools into their teaching modules. ”Their enthusiasm for the concepts we presented was contagious,” Bundesen notes. ”We have already begun to develop modules that will contain a variety of education materials to enable educators, clinicians, and other hearing care professionals to conduct training sessions for students, staff members, and individuals with hearing loss.”

Established in 2007 with a grant from the Oticon Foundation, the Ida Institute is as a nonprofit independent educational institute located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Institute seeks to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss from its recognition to its resolution—the patient journey. By serving as a catalyst for knowledge sharing and the development of innovative and practical tools, the Institute assists hearing care professionals in helping hearing-impaired people address the physical, psychological, and social challenges of hearing loss, says the Institute.

[Source: Ida Institute]