The Amplifon Centre for Research and Studies (known as CRS) was founded in 1971 as an independent organization for the spreading of knowledge in the fields of audiology and otology. From its earliest years the CRS has made a name for itself in the scientific community, focusing its efforts on scientific research, supporting the professional development of doctors and audiologists and organising training courses and conferences in cooperation with Italian and foreign universities.
Consulting for the CRS is provided by an independent Scientific Committee of academics that draws up an annual programme of initiatives, as well as awarding prizes and scholarships.
Fundamental research projects
Over the last fifteen years, in collaboration with major European universities, the CRS took part as coordinator in basic research projects funded by the European Commission such as AHEAD (Advancement of Hearing Assessment Methods and Devices) I and II, HEAR (Hereditary Deafness Epidemiology And Clinical Research) and GENDEAF (Genetic Deafness).
The CRS instituted a number of awards in the field of scientific research. The most prestigious of these is the International CRS Prize, which goes to illustrious scholars for substantial contributions to human knowledge in the fields of audiology and of otology. Every year the CRS also assigns prizes for the best Italian specialisation theses in ENT or Audiology and Phoniatrics, and three prizes for the best Italian theses in Speech therapy.
Training courses and scientific conventions
From 1971 to the present day over 600 courses and conferences have been held, 215 of which in just the last 12 years averaging 100 to 150 participants in each meeting.
Inside the CRS there is one of the finest private library in the field of audiology and otorhinolaryngology, offering the sector’s most important international journals. The Library provides a critical abstract review of the selected articles created by a professional reader group.