Ida Institute loses funding
The Ida Institute, based in Denmark, has been a world leader in person-centred hearing care since its inception in 2007.
Since that time, they have received funding for their research and resource development from the William Demant Foundation, a charity with a particular focus on people with hearing impairment. The William Demant Foundation receives income from their 61% shareholding of Demant A/S, the Danish hearing aid behemoth with brands you know like Oticon, Bernafon, Sonic Innovations and more.
In December 2021, Ida was informed that the William Demant Foundation would discontinue its financial support. To date, the Ida Institute has been unable to secure new funding and, as such, will dramatically scale down its services. A small team will be on hand to ensure the resources they have developed over the past 16 years remain available to the public, clinics, hearing professionals and advisory bodies like BHA.
BHA has a long-standing relationship with Ida, having been part of its community partnership program for many years. It is with great sadness that we realise the end of this relationship and the demise of the Person-Centred Hearing Network (PCHN).
While we continue to support the Ida Institute, we are reminded that, like many other not-for-profit organisations, we, too, are heavily reliant on our funding partners to deliver services to the Queensland community.
We thank you for your continued support.
For more information on Ida, the loss of funding and what it means for you, follow this link.