The Web site maintained by Ida Institute, Naerum, Denmark,, has earned a Standard of Excellence Award in the international WebAward competition for the second year in a row.

The multimedia site, which serves as a hub for knowledge dissemination, e-learning, and access to Institute seminars, videos, interviews, reports, articles, and more, earned honors in the nonprofit category and was praised by judges for its ease of use and informative content.

Sponsored by the Web Marketing Association, Boston, the annual WebAward competition recognizes outstanding Web sites that are judged against Internet standards and peer sites within their industries.

“By making an accessible global resource for hearing care professionals and others interested in the human dynamics of hearing loss, we aim to have far-reaching impact that will generate a paradigm shift in hearing care to benefit both hearing care professionals and their patients,” said Lise Lotte Bundesen, the institute’s director. “To achieve this goal, we continually update content and enhance features to make valuable and relevant for hearing care practitioners committed to providing patient-centered care.”

Launched in October 2008, the Web site is an international portal for hearing care professionals around the world. Within the past 12 months, the site has hosted more than 20,000 visitors representing 51 countries.

The newest enhancements enable visitors to experience key elements of the Institute’s seminars, including videos of faculty presentations, post-seminar commentary by participants, and Ida Institute staff and access to online tools. The site includes an extensive extranet featuring forums and networking platforms for its members. Through the My Ida section, members can share information, experiences, and challenges and gain feedback and support from other members. Membership to the Web site is free.

Established in 2007 with a grant from the Oticon Foundation, the Ida Institute is as a nonprofit independent educational institute that aims to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss from its recognition to its resolution–the patient journey.

Established in 1997, the Web Marketing Association is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR, and design professionals from across the nation. Judges for its 2005 WebAward competition included members of the media, advertising executives, site designers, content providers and webmasters.

[Source: Ida Institute]