2- published August 1997
This is the second Newsletter. It
is the aim of the ISA by this newsletter to enhance communication on new
developments within the Society and its affiliated members and to realize
an international voice of Audiology.
We are very happy that Siemens is
supporting this initiative by sponsoring the distribution of the newsletter
for this year. We will show our appreciation by showing this add in the
In the first newsletter we reported
on the changes in the laws and bylaws of the Society. The newest developments
in this respect will be presented.
In the time between the two newsletters
affiliation was discussed with two regional Societies, the PanAmerican
Society of Audiology (PASA)
and the European Federation of
Audiology Societies (EFAS). Both Societies decided to join the ISA. The
cover of the journal Audiology will reflect this change in due time by
showing the logos of PASA and EFAS next to the ISA logo. Members of PASA
will be informed in Spanish about the contents of Audiology.
Next to this, negotiations were
started with national Societies. The first contacts were established with
the American Auditory Association (AAA) and the American Speech and Hearing
Association (ASHA). We hope to finish these negotiations shortly.
At the meeting of the General Assembly
of the ISA at Bari new Statutes of the ISA were adopted under the restriction
that they had to be approved by a lawyer to check for compliance with Swiss
law. This consultation has taken place and its consequences have been realized
in a new set of Statutes and Rules.
Statutes and Rules of The
International Society of Audiology
Hans Verschuure, secretary-general
Our Swiss lawyer suggested to split
up the Statutes as they were adopted at the General Assembly meeting in
Bari into new Statutes that were not very specific on many procedural matters
and into Rules that were more detailed in procedural matters. The reason
to do so is that a change in Statutes requires a lot of effort, first of
all according to our own rules in order to announce the change at an early
stage and to get enough support from the General Assembly; furthermore
new statutes have to reported to the authorities and are checked for legality.
requirement is far less strict
for a change in the Rules.
Next to this quite important change
he suggested changes in the Statutes in order to be eligible for tax exemption
status. Once this is accepted in Switzerland it will also be applicable
in other countries. This opens up the possibility to leave money to the
Society by will. Next it will also open the possibility to cooperate with
other organizations that have a comparable goal and are recognized as such
by local authorities.
Some further minor changes were
suggested that had to do with the split up between Statutes and Rules and
in the wording of certain articles.
The changes have now been made and
the new Statutes and Rules will be mailed to you. In the mean time we will
apply for tax exemption status in Switzerland.
The new Statutes and Rules will
have consequences that will be visible at the next General Assembly meeting
In Buenos Aires. First of all different membership status will be introduced
and new affiliated members will be represented in Buenos Aires. Another
change will be the acceptance of people working in the field of Audiology
without a University degree as associate members. If you know of somebody
eligible to this status and with interest to become a member, please,
take the necessary steps to get
her or him enrolled as associate members. As a consequence of these changes
the members of the council will be elected in Buenos Aires according to
a new procedure in which elections are based on different membership status
and for the full members according to region. Next a number of (standing)
committees will be set up dealing with management of the Society, its publications
and with the organization of the congresses.
All members are asked to read the
new Statutes and Rules attentively and suggest names for members who can
serve on these committees.
The financial position of the International
Society of Audiology could be
affected by the change of publishers.
Uncertainties of the future were at
Report on the Journal Audiology
Hans Verschuure, Rotterdam, the
Netherlands and Jean-Marie Aran,
A change of publishers always holds
a risk of loosing subscriptions, authors submitting papers and advertisers.
Our change from Karger to Decker held all those risks. In this report we
want to inform you on what has happened in the transition.
We felt the transition was necessary
because of the high costs involved in using the, in quality terms, excellent
services of Karger and the rather formal and not market-oriented approach
In the change we encountered the
problem that Karger decided to launch a new journal for the same reader
group. This journal could officially not be launched as a continuation
of Audiology because Audiology was owned by the ISA. Nevertheless, they
used the address database to launch the journal. Their invoice for the
new Journal, sent to the librarians who had been subscribers to Audiology,
indicated the new journal as "formerly Audiology". As a result many libraries
"continued" their subscription but not to the correct journal. We lost
subscribers this way.
The policy of Karger should be condemned.
Unfortunately litigation would be lengthy, costly and perhaps counterproductive.
We rather prefer straight competition. For this we ask the support of the
members. Please, tell your librarian that a change has taken place and
that the continuation of Audiology is still available, only from a different
publisher. The citation in Current Contents, by which authors can earn
publication points, lies with Audiology. Publications in the other journal
can not earn you points at present. Next to that, Audiology as published
by its present publisher is much cheaper, also to institutions.
The financial results of Audiology
show a drop in income. If compared to the budget, this is mainly due to
the loss of institutional subscribers. We therefore need your personal
support to counteract Karger's misinformation to librarians. Decker will
also start a campaign to this effect.
The number of papers also seemed
to drop in the beginning of 1996. This
happened again at the beginning
of this year. Fortunately the two dips in the number of submitted papers
were only temporary and they have been followed by an increased number
somewhat later. The total number of submitted papers over 1996 was even
somewhat higher than in the latter years of publication by Karger. The
quality of the papers seem to go up and the rejection rate seems to go
down. Delay in publication is small at present because of the stress Decker
puts on regular appearance of Audiology.
Please help us make Audiology the
real voice of the Audiological world in scientific terms. It is your journal;
it has a high standard and can earn you good publication points. Use it
and promote it.
Send your manuscript for Audiology
to the Editor in chief,
Dr. J.-M. Aran, Audiologie Expérimentale,
Hôpital Pellegrin, F-33076
or for the Americas to
Dr. R.S. Tyler, Associate Editor,
The University of Iowa Department
Otolaryngology--Head & Neck
200 Hawkins Drive C21-3GH, Iowa
City IA 52242-1078 USA,
The ISA has a strong link with Hearing
International as a founding
organization together with IFOS
in order to promote ear- and hear care
throughout the world. In this respect
we distribute the HI newsletter to all of you, but we also want to report
on developments in this respect. This report announces the establishment
of a WHO center for the prevention of deafness in Copenhagen, Denmark
CENTRE FOR THE
PREVENTION OF DEAFNESS
AND HEARING IMPAIRMENT IN
Agnete Parving, director Copenhagen
Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Late January 1997 the Audiological
Department in Copenhagen was designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for
the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment. The department is incorporated
in the Bispebjerg Hospital designated as a model for preventative measures
within the Copenhagen Hospital Corporation H:S.
1.The terms of reference
2.To participate actively
in the development of activities for the prevention of hearing impairment,
with special emphasis on:
3. The assessment
of hearing disorders of public health importance, particularly in
4. The promotion of
the integration of ear care services into primary health care programs
5.To provide facilities
for the training of personnel at different professional levels, especially
from developing countries. Emphasis will be put on the training in prevention
of hearing impairment for specialist and public health personnel.
6.To conduct applied
field research on the epidemiology, management and operational aspects
of avoidable hearing impairment. Specific activities to be carried out
within this context will be worked out on a biennial basis.
7.To foster a multidisciplinary
approach to the promotion of ear care and its delivery to all.
8.To participate in
the collection, elaboration and distribution of pertinent information.
9.To provide, on request,
the advisory services and expertise which might be required.
A recently founded experimental
laboratory equipped to perform
electrophysiologic tests and to
record oto-acoustic emissions is intended to reduce the gap between basic
and clinical research. Experienced experimental researchers on e.g. sabbatical
leave with available funds are welcome to work in the laboratory and use
its facilities in collaboration with researchers in the department.
Those with interest, please,
Professor Agnete Parving,
Department of Audiology, Bispebjerg
Hospital H:S, DK 2400 Copenhagen NV.
The high prevalence of hearing impairment
and its devastating consequences for the quality of life emphasizes the
need for priorities within prevention of deafness and hearing impairment.
The hospital and the department
are looking forward to the collaboration with other designated WHO Centers
for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment, and also to extend
the extensive international contacts already established in the department.
One of the HI-recognized centers
that is very active is located in Costa Rica. The major part of the first
stage of an inventory study of the prevalence of hearing impairment is
in its final phase. A report by one of its directors.
Prevalence of hearing impairment in
Costa Rican schoolchildren
Juan J. Madriz, MD, San Jose,
The first ever Costa Rican study
on prevalence of hearing impairment in a school-age population is being
conducted in this Central American country since February 1996. The initiative
was supported by the Ministry of Health (where our Costa Rica HI/IFOS/ISA
Center operates), the Ministry of Education and the University of Costa
Rica. It was done in cooperation with the Hearing Research Institute of
the University of Nottingham (UK), the National Institute for Deafness
and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD-NIH) (USA) and the Nova Scotia
Hearing & Speech Clinic (Canada).
Other domestic and international agencies, companies and individuals also
contributed to this study. The data collecting phase of this study has
been successfully completed now. A statistical sample of 12.660 children
from 250 elementary schools all over the country were screened for the
first time. A full audiological assessment was done of all the "fails"
to obtain a diagnosis and define the true hearing status. A questionnaire
was designed and 500 known deaf children, enrolled in government schools
and classes for the deaf,
were asked to complete these questionnaires.
Currently the study is in its final phase, during which any other deaf
child who is not receiving educational help from the establishment is identified.
A preliminary report on this study was presented at the AAA meeting in
Fort Lauderdale last April and during the meeting of PASA held at the same
The analysis of the large database
has just begun and we hope to be able to present the results in the following
months. We are not aware of any other fully and truly "national" prevalence
study of this kind in Latin America. Prof. George T. Mencher, Ph.D. from
Halifax (Canada) and Dr. Juan J. Madriz, MD. from San Jose (Costa Rica)
are the directors of this project.
The third European Conference on
Audiology has taken place in Prague,
Czech Republic between 18 and 21
June 1997. It has established a line of
meetings after the first conference
in Cambridge, UK in 1992 and the second one in Nooordwijkerhout, the Netherlands
in 1995. The acting President of EFAS during the meeting sent his report.
Report from EFAS and European activities
Stig Arlinger, past chairman
The Third European Conference on
Audiology has just ended. It was organized in Prague, Czech Republic, during
the period 18 - 21 June and attracted a record attendance of close to 550
participants. The local organization represented five national professional
societies and the Academy of Sciences. The chairman was Prof. Josef Syka
and the vice chair-person was Dr Jarka Prihodova. Through their outstanding
efforts they made the event into a positive and valuable experience.
Some 170 presentations were given
by invited speakers and by a large number of participants in three parallel
sessions as contributed papers. An additional 50 posters were presented.
The conference hosted an exhibition where European as well as non-European
manufacturers showed their products. The social program included a chamber
music concert in one of Prague's old churches and a banquet at the old
Brevnov Monastery grounds.
In connection with the conference
three major joint European concerted action programs in the field of audiology
met and presented an updated review of their work concerning hearing tests
in new-born babies, noise-induced hearing loss and genetic hearing impairment.
EFAS held its General Assembly.
The chair's term of office expired and Stig Arlinger was succeeded by René
Dauman from Bordeaux, France. Einar Laukli from Tromsö, Norway, was
elected as the new vice-chair and Kunigunde Welzl-Müller from Innsbruck,
Austria, was elected Member-at-large. Jonathan Hazell was reelected honorary
secretary of EFAS. The next General Assembly will be organized in Milan,
Italy on May 17, 1998 in connection with the European Consensus Development
Conference on Neonatal Hearing Screening to be held there 15 - 16 May.
Further decisions were made with
regard to amongst others, a logo. A Czech designer had designed a logo
for the conference which EFAS after some modifications intends to acquire
as the EFAS logo. It was also decided that EFAS would join ISA as an affiliated
member. The logo will be presented on the cover of Audiology. Further information
on the meeting of the General Assembly can be found on EFAS's webpage,
Both during the meeting of the General
Assembly and the conference, much attention was given to the training of
personnel involved in Audiology. The history and the face of audiology
differs so much from country to country. The importance of knowing how
a training program in one country compares to that in another country was
found to be essential. This point is the more important because of the
change the medical services go through in many central and eastern European
countries. Differences in view and differences in customs can
hinder new developments. In order
to do another step forward a Committee was set up on the proposal of Prof.
Moe Bergman from Israel, to establish standards, requirements and guidelines
for educational programs for audiology, and to develop plans for the establishment
of a European commission on standards for education in audiology. The main
tasks of this committee would be:
1.Developing a set
of required competencies for (university trained)
and AUDIOLOGICAL ASSISTANTS (no university
2.Proposing a minimum
study/training curriculum to develop the competencies in students.
and procedures for accrediting educational
for the establishment of a European
on standards of education in audiology.
The IVth European Conference on
Audiology will be organized in Oulu, Finland with Martti Sorri chairing
the local organizing committee. Further information can be obtained from
the website cc.oulu.fi/~korvwww. The conference will be held 6 - 10 June
1999 during the period of Midnight Sun. Immediately preceding this conference
the XVI IERASG Biennial Symposium on auditory evoked responses will be
organized in Tromsö, Norway on 30 May - 3 June 1999).
The other affiliated regional society
is the PanAmerican Society of
Audiology. They also had a meeting
and the President of PASA reports on the meeting
Sandy Gerber, President PASA,
Spokane, WA, USA
We have lots of PASA news to report
to the membership this time, and all of it is good. First, we had a very
successful PASA meeting on the day before the meeting of the American Academy
of Audiology in April. The usual business was conducted (e.g., minutes
of the last meeting; treasurer's report), and the current board of directors
was reelected. We were especially happy to have our vice president for
South America, Dr. Fausto Coello-Serrano of Ecuador, with us. The membership
heartily endorsed Dr. Coello's plan to hold a pre-congress symposium in
Quito just before the International Congress of Audiology (ICA) in Buenos
Aires. Plans for the Quito symposium
are still materializing, but do plan on being in Quito on your way to Buenos
Aires. This will be the last week in August of 1998 as the ICA begins on
August 30th. Quito, like Buenos Aires, is a wonderful and beautiful city
that we want all PASA members to enjoy. Also, Dr. Coello is working with
a local Quito travel agency for side trips that any of us may want to make,
for example, to the Galapagos Islands (for those of us who wish to follow
Darwin's footsteps). As this is an even-numbered year, the symposium will
considered to be an extraordinary
meeting of PASA.
The high point of the biennial meeting,
as always, is the PASA Distinguished Lecture. We were greatly honored by
the lecture of Dr. Ross Roeser of the Callier Center and the University
of Texas, Dallas. An abbreviated version of Dr. Roeser's talk appears in
this issue of ¿QUE PASA?. I wish all PASA members could have heard
it. Dr. Roeser dealt with treatment issues for profoundly hearing-impaired
children, and we were very impressed with what is being accomplished at
¿QUE PASA? is flourishing
under our new editor. Remember, though, that ¿QUE PASA? is your
newsletter. There is news in it only because you provide it. So, be sure
to get calendar items, research items, news of regional and national societies
to the editor. For example, I just learned of a meeting in Brazil in October
of 1997. It will appear in ¿QUE PASA?.
The President of the upcoming ISA
congress in Buenos Aires has also send in a report on his activities. Please,
note the date, prepare your papers and book your trip to magnificent Argentina.
Report on the XXIV International
Congress of Audiology
Jorge Schwartzman, President
We would like to invite everyone
interested in Audiology to participate in this congress, the last of this
millennium. We as organizers, will do everything possible to make it a
very special occasion.
In a planet where everything is
being "globalized", events like these are an excellent opportunity to meet,
to exchange ideas, and to teach and learn from colleagues from all over
The scientific program includes
round tables and symposiums on the most relevant topics:
emissions, moderated by D. Kemp
implants, moderated by M. Manrique
and Basic Science for the third millennium, moderated by J.
treatment of sensorineural hearing loss, moderated by J.-M.
aspects of hearing in developing countries, moderated by G. Mencher
moderated by J. Hazell
Developments in hearing aids, moderated by J. Verschuure
Next there will be an extensive
program of free papers and posters
Buenos Aires, founded at the end
of the XVI century, is today one of the most important cultural centers
in South America. The beautiful city is always a surprise for first-time
visitors due to its buzzing activity and cosmopolitan charm. Also unexpected
are the wide boulevards, exclusive shops, European ambiance, green squares
and streets full of charm that invite you for a stroll. A great variety
of theaters, an Opera House that is famous world-wide, art galleries, book
shops and entertainment are easily accessible including several places
where the oldest Argentine dish, "asado" (barbecue gaucho style) may be
tasted, as well as many
restaurants offering a wide variety
of regional dishes.
As multi-faceted as Buenos Aires
is the huge hinterland with the huge and famous Iguazu waterfalls, forests,
the Andes Mountains with eternal snows, the green Pampas and the still
wild Patagonia, where you can watch on the coast hundreds of whales that
come here to mate every year. Seals, penguins and the only continental
colony of sea elephants in the world, make Valdes Peninsula the animal
lover's paradise. This is just a preview of what can be discovers in our
A first announcement and call
for Papers may be obtained from:
General Secretariat XXIV International
Congress of Audiology, Congressos
Moreno 584 - Piso 9, 1091 Buenos
phone: +54 1 342 3216; fax: +54
1 331 0223
Audiology in down-under has
always been very special and has influenced procedures world-wide. A political
and a technical report.
News from Australia
Denis Byrne, Australian Hearing
Services, Chatswood, NSW, Australia
The major current development in
the field of audiology is a change in the Australian system for delivering
hearing services. Up till the present, the majority of hearing-impaired
adults, as well as all children, have been eligible to receive free hearing
aids under the government funded Hearing Services Program.
The eligible adults are mainly war
veterans and persons receiving an age pension. The hearing aids were provided
by Australian Hearing Services (AHS) except that, since 1993, some of the
eligible adults have been fitted, under contract, by AHS-approved private
audiologists and audiometrists. Legislation has just been enacted to change
this scheme so that adults who are eligible for government funded hearing
aids will receive a voucher that will entitle them to obtain a hearing
aid from any approved provider, including AHS. The voucher is expected
the cost of a range of hearing
aids but the client may pay a "top-up" charge to cover the additional cost
of more expensive aids or other devices. AHS will continue to be the sole
provider for children and some other designated categories of clients,
such as Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. The change in scheme does
not affect the research and hearing loss prevention activities of the National
Acoustic Laboratories, which is the research division of AHS. The change
in scheme has been scheduled to take effect from 1 July 1997 but seems
likely to be delayed slightly because of administrative difficulties. Some
important details of
how the scheme will operate have
not yet been announced in June 1997.
Earmould and localization
Bill Noble, University of New
England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia
The collaborative project between
the University of New England (Bill Noble, Shaune Sinclair) and the National
Acoustic Laboratories (Denis Byrne) continues. We have recently found that
a very unobtrusive ('sleeve') earmould can be of benefit, in terms of sound
localization, for people with poor low-frequency and good high-frequency
hearing, and, for interestingly different reasons, those with good low-
high-frequency hearing. Reports
about both sorts of cases are forthcoming in 'Ear & Hearing', and in
the 'Journal of American Academy of Audiology'.
Every other year an International
Hearing Aid Conference is organized by people from the University of Iowa
City. They feature an individual who has contributed to our knowledge pf
hearing aids as a Guest of Honor. This year's guest came from Australia.
A short report follows.
Harvey Dillon Guest of Honor at
International Hearing Aid
Rich Tyler, University of Iowa
City, Iowa City, IA, USA
Dr. Harvey Dillon, from the National
Acoustics Laboratory in Sydney Australia, was the Guest of Honor at the
Fourth International Hearing Aid Conference held in Iowa City, USA, in
June 1997. Harvey presented lectures on Compression Hearing Aids and Measuring
Benefit in Hearing Aids. One of his remarks was the observation that wide
dynamic range compression can increase the comfort range when listening
to speech without volume control adjustments compared to linear hearing
aids. He was careful to acknowledge the need for research in understanding
the compression parameters and interactions among parameters.
Over 200 audiologists, physicians,
engineers, hearing aid dispensers and speech and hearing scientists attended
the biannual meeting. Presenters originated from France, Canada, Australia,
Mexico, Germany and the United States. The next International Hearing Aid
Conference will be held 3-6 June 1999.
Calendar of upcoming meetings
4-6 September 1997 Bangkok, Thailand
International Conference on pediatric
ORL and hearing loss; Children's healthy ears and better hearing.
Congress on the occasion of the
50th anniversary of WHO.
President: Suchitra Prasansuk M.D.
Venue: Queen Sirikit National Convention
Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Conference secretariat: Otological
Center: Bangkok Unit, Office at 15th Floor of Sayamintra Building, Faculty
of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University,
Bangkok 10700, Thailand
phone: +66 2 411 3254/+66 2 419
8043l; fax: +66 2 411 3254/+66 2 465 4050
10-12 September 1997 Cardiff, Wales,
Annual Conference BSA
Program: The Thomas Simm Littler
Lecture will be given by Denzil Brooks
(Manchester): Recycling Audiology
Further sessions on outcome measures,
genetic hearing impairment,
threshold determination in neonates,
digital hearing aids and impairment,
disability and handicap in balance
disorders; free papers
Information: The British Society
of Audiology, 80 Brighton Road, reading RG6
Phone: +44 118 966 0622; fax: +44
118 935 1915; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
19-20 September 1997 Iowa City,
IA USA University of Iowa
Fifth Annual Conference on Management
of the Tinnitus Patient
Conference open to health care
professionals and tinnitus patients.
Guest speakers, Robert W. Sweetow,
PhD, Director of Audiology at the
University of California, San Francisco;
Michael Block, PhD, Director of
Research and Technical Services
at Starkey Laboratories in Minnesota; Soly Erlandsson, Clinical Psychologist,
Goteborg University, Goteborg, Sweden; and Gloria Reich, PhD, Director
of the American Tinnitus Association in Portland, Oregon.
Further information: Richard Tyler,
PhD, Professor and Director of Audiology,
The University of Iowa Department
of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery,
200 Hawkins Drive C21-3GH, Iowa
City IA 52242-1078 USA.
Phone: +1 319 356 2471; fax: +1
319 353 7639; e-mail email@example.com
29 September - 2 October 1997 Thessaloniki,
4th European Conference for the
advancement of assistive technology
Venue: Porto Carras
Information: AAATE Conference 1997
c/o Biotrast, 111 Mitropoleos Str,
GR-54622 Thessaloniki, Greece
Phone: + 30 3 127 7904; fax: +30
3 127 7960; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
16-17 October 1977 Tokyo, Japan
Japan Audiological Society
42nd Congress of Japan Audiological
Venue: Sasagawa Memorial Hall, Tokyo,
Information: Dept. ORL, c/o Prof.
Atsushi Komatsuzaki, Tokyo Medical-Dental
University, 1-5-45, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku,
Phone: +81 3 3813 6111; fax: +81
3 3818 7189
2-5 April 1998 Los Angeles, CA,
10th Annual AAA Conference, catch
a rising star
Information: Dennis Van Vliet, chair
phone: +1 714 579 0717; fax:+1
714 579 7827; e-mail: MBFN77A@Prodigy.com
30 August-3 September 1998 Buenos
Aires, Argentina ISA
XXIVth International Congress of
President: Prof.Dr. J. Schwartzman
Topics: Oto-acoustic emissions
(moderated by D. Kemp), Cochlear implants (M. Manrique), Audiology and
Basic Science for the third millennium (J. Miller), Pharmacological treatment
of sensorineural hearing loss (J.-M. Aran), Epidemiological aspects of
hearing in developing countries (G. Mencher), Tinnitus (J. Hazell), Newest
Developments in hearing aids (J. Verschuure) Venue: Sheraton Buenos
Information: General Secretariat
XXIV International Congress of Audiology, Congressos Internacionales S.A.,
Moreno 584 - Piso 9, 1091 Buenos Aires, Argentina. phone: +54 1 342 3216;
fax: +54 1 331 0223; e-mail: email@example.com