Oticon announced the launch of www.KIPAgroup.org, a new website to expand access to the resources of the Knowledge and Implementation in Paediatric Audiology (KIPA) group. KIPA, developed and financially supported by Oticon A/S, brings together paediatric audiology researchers, clinicians and members of the industry to discuss, define and understand gaps in paediatric audiology practice. The new website aims to facilitate participation and collaboration by paediatric audiologists around the world on current and future paediatric audiology projects and studies.

Dave Gordey“Through KIPA, we investigate solutions to gaps in paediatric audiology and how we might implement best practice when working with children,” says Dave Gordey, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Research and Professional Relations, at the Centre for Applied Audiology Research, who started the initiative in 2009. “Our specified areas of interest are those that are most relevant to today’s audiologists working in schools, hospitals and clinics.”

The KIPA website will provide easy access to resources, including links to websites that support KIPA’s work in knowledge and implementation in paediatric audiology. A dedicated research section shares research on practice change that promotes best practice in paediatric audiology. This includes research projects such as 'Survey of Best Practices: Paediatric Hearing Aid Fitting,' 'Paediatric Amplification Trick and Tips' and 'Bimodal Devices on Children: A Survey of Clinical Fitting Practices in North America.'

Sheila MoodieKIPA North America is chaired by Sheila Moodie, an Assistant Professor at Western University in London, Ontario. KIPA Europe is chaired by Dave Gordey, Director of Clinical Research and Professional Relations at Oticon A/S. KIPA members in North America and Europe include key opinion leaders in audiology working in hospitals, clinics and universities.

Paediatric hearing care professionals are encouraged to join the KIPA network for exclusive access to paediatric audiology webinars, invitations to participate in research, and online discussion. 

For more information, visit www.KIPAgroup.org.