Ida Institute - Understanding my Hearing Project

Posted by 2162 on May 29, 2018

Ida Institute - Understanding my Hearing Project

May 29, 2018 at 10:23 AM


What is the Understanding My Hearing Project?

The Understanding My Hearing Project was launched to create a way for people to be empowered with a better understanding of the results of their hearing check and what it means in practical terms. 

Audiograms often serve as the model used by hearing care professionals to explain a person’s hearing ability to them. However, audiograms can be quite technical and difficult for patients to understand even when explained to them by a professional. Patients often report struggling to understand the audiogram, and how it relates to their communication problems in the real-world. They may also struggle to understand the connection between their hearing loss as described in the audiogram, and the recommendation for care made by their hearing care professional.

Audiograms serve as an important vehicle for hearing care professionals to make the recommendation for the patient’s rehabilitation and amplification. But is the audiogram always the best way, or even necessary, to explain a patient’s hearing ability to them? Might there be other, more person-centered ways to help people understand their hearing capabilities and what it means to them?

The process

Ida uses an open innovation process that begins with input from various stakeholders— including hearing care professionals, people with hearing loss, organizations that represent them, and, in this case, manufacturers of audiometers. The collective input from these people will guide our process for developing a resource to improve the way people understand the results of their hearing test.

Survey of Hearing Care Professionals

We are currently gathering input to better understand how hearing care professionals already help their patients understand their hearing ability and the results of hearing tests. We would like to invite BAA members to take a simple online survey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete:

The results of this survey will be analyzed by the Ida team and will use them in an upcoming workshop where an interdisciplinary and international team will determine ways to improve peoples’ understanding of the hearing test results. The survey results will be used strictly for Ida resource development processes. 

The impact

By helping us to reach your members and your members sharing their input, you will contribute to a new resource that may improve communication between hearing care professionals and their patients, and their ability to deliver technical information about hearing capacity in a person-centered way.

Ida resources are free of charge and used by universities, hearing care professionals, and patients around the world to enhance the quality of care patients receive.