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Ida Institute Appoints Eight to Advisory Board

COPENHAGEN, June 2 The Ida Institute, an independent educational institute dedicated to fostering better understanding of the human dynamics associated with hearing loss, has appointed eight distinguished experts in hearing health and related disciplines to its newly formed Advisory Board. The board will provide counsel and support for the Institutes strategic planning, including seminar topics, content and structure, faculty appointments and dissemination of information and tools developed by the Institute. The Ida Institute will convene its first seminar, Defining Hearing, in September.

The Ida Institutes first year is an especially important one as we are now laying the framework for our future work, stated Lise Lotte Bundesen, Institute Director. The Advisory Board members bring a depth and range of expertise that will be invaluable as we prepare our first seminar and plan for future initiatives.

The Institutes initial programs are designed to assist hearing care professionals in helping hearing impaired people address the physical, psychological and social challenges of hearing loss. Through a process of professional collaboration involving hearing care professionals from around the world, the Institute works to generate new angles of inquiry and enhance understanding of the ways hearing loss impacts individuals, their families, co-workers and others in their world.

Because we aim to serve as a catalyst for multi-disciplinary collaboration, we are especially pleased that our Advisory Committee is comprised of leading hearing care professionals as well as thought leaders in communications, social anthropology and psychology, noted Bundesen.

Institute Advisory Board members are appointed for a term of two years. The new members include:

060508_becklda.jpgLucille B. Beck, Ph.D.
Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology Service
Department of Veterans Affairs

060508_boardadrian.jpgAdrian Davis, OBE
Director, MRC Hearing and Communications Group
University of Manchester

060508_boardclaus.jpgClaus Elberling, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Oticon Foundation

060508_boardmiller.jpgDavid Fabry, Ph.D.
Chief of Audiology
University of Miami

060508_boardlouise.jpgLouise Hickson, Ph.D.
Professor of Audiology
Co-Director, Communication Disability Centre
The University of Queensland

060508_boardsophia.jpgSophia E. Kramer Ph.D.
Psychologist/Senior Researcher, Department of ENT/ Audiology,
EMGO Institute
VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

060508_boardrobert.jpgRobert Sweetow, Ph.D.
Professor of Otolaryngology
Director of Audiology
University of California, San Francisco


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