Report on XXII Biennial Symposium of the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG), Moscow, 26-30 June, 2011
Lech Sliwa, Krzysztof Kochanek, W. Wiktor Jedrzejczak
JHS 2011; 1(3): SR93-94
The International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG) celebrates its 43rd anniversary this year. Although it is a relatively small scientific society, its contribution to the development of objective methods of hearing testing and the whole domain of clinical audiology cannot be overestimated. The society came into being during the International Congress of Audiology (ICA) in London in October 1968, initially as an informal club of researchers – the Electric Response Audiometry Club – created by Hallowell Davis, K. Burian and G. F. Gestring. The first International Meeting of the ERA Club was held in Freiburg, Germany, in April 1970, the second a year later in Vienna, Austria, and since then ERA symposia have been held regularly every two years. The ERA club soon grew into an international scientific society, the International Electric Response Audiometry Study Group (IERASG), which started publishing the ERA Newsletter. During the 14th ERA Symposium in Memphis in 1995, the name of the society was modified: the word electric was replaced with evoked, because of the development of other kinds of evoked responses, including acoustic ones. IERASG symposia always gather leading representatives of hearing science, and provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest trends and developments. Very often, scientists present the latest, unpublished reports, straight from the researcher’s lab.
This year’s 22nd IERASG Symposium took place in Moscow on 26–30 June. It was organized by the National Centre of Audiology and Rehabilitation in Moscow and the Russian Audiologic Society, whose president – Prof. George Tavartkiladze – was also the host and president of the symposium. The congress venue was the Radisson-Slavianskaya Congress Centre, located in beautiful surroundings by the Moskva River and near the city’s historical centre.
Keywords: Moscow, IERASG, Electric Response Audiometry