The newly designed Web site for the Ida Institute, Nærum, Denmark, www.idainstitute.dk, provides a virtual gathering place for hearing care professionals and others seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss.
The site features educational resources such as lectures presented by the Institute’s faculty, commentary on current topics and issues in hearing care by advisory board members, and viewpoints and perspectives from audiologists and others who participated in the Institute’s first seminar, “Defining Hearing.”
The Ida Speaks interactive blog invites Web visitors to share viewpoints, contribute experiences, and submit articles for publication on the site.
The site draws on expertise from a variety of social and health-related disciplines and employs video to enliven discussions, lectures, and commentary.
Included are videotaped lectures from the Institute’s first seminar series by faculty members Harvey Abrams, director of research at the Army Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Dr Christine DePlacido of Scotland’s National Health Service.
Hearing care professionals and others interested in hearing health and the patient journey may enroll as members of My Ida, the interactive community on the site. There, members join discussions, and share viewpoints and experiences. The free My Ida membership lets members apply online to participate in upcoming Institute seminars.