Free e-course from Ida Institute teaches fundamentals of patient-centered care

NAERUM, DENMARK—Hearing care professionals and students can now take a free online course and gain a practical introduction to the fundamentals of patient-centered Developed by the Ida Institute, a non-profit organization funded by the Oticon Foundation, the Ida Basics Course is designed to encourage reflection on the clinician’s approach to patient care and suggest concepts…

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VA-funded study will test effectiveness of motivational tools with hearing aid users

PORTLAND, OR—When people are fitted with hearing aids, they often face difficulty in obtaining the maximum benefit from them. That’s why the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which fits more than half a million hearing aids a year on U.S. military veterans, is sponsoring a 2-year pilot study to explore if certain tools and techniques…

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Texas dispensers sue Wal-Mart; say its unlicensed sale of hearing aids is illegal

By David H. Kirkwood MARSHALL, TX–The Texas Hearing Aid Association (THAA) has brought a federal class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., charging that the world’s largest retailer is selling hearing aids in Texas without the state-mandated license. The plaintiffs, who filed suit last month in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in…

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Three best ideas to raise awareness of hearing loss are honored

ANAHEIM, CA–An international public art initiative, a “Three Wise Monkeys” campaign to encourage regular hearing health checks, and a pocket-sized electronic hearing testing device captured top honors in the Ida Institute’s competition, Ideas, Speak up – Action and Awareness for Hearing Loss. The winning entries were celebrated at a reception held here April 3 at…

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