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Phoniatrics or phoniatry[1] is the study and treatment of organs involved in speech production, mainly the mouth, throat (larynx), vocal cords, and lungs. Problems treated in phoniatrics include dysfunction of the vocal cords, cancer of the vocal cords or larynx, inability to control the speech organs properly (speech disorders), and vocal loading problems.[2]

According to the Union of European Phoniatricians, phoniatrics is "the medical specialty dealing with voice, speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders".[3]

For detailed definition of Phoniatrics see page 3 of the "Logbook Phoniatrics UEMS 2010".[4][5]


  1. ^ "Meaning of phoniatrics - Infoplease". InfoPlease.
  2. ^ Zehnhoff-Dinnesen, Antoinette am; Wiskirska-Woznica, Bozena; Neumann, Katrin; Nawka, Tadeus (2019-08-15). Phoniatrics I: Fundamentals – Voice Disorders – Disorders of Language and Hearing Development. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 9783662467794.
  3. ^ "Phoniatrics, the Medical Specialty for Communication Disorders". Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Logbook Phoniatrics UEMS 2010" (PDF). Union of the European Phoniatricians. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Logbook Phoniatrics UEMS 2010 (TRAINING PROGRAMME AND LOGBOOK)". Union of the European Phoniatricians - "Logbook Phoniatrics UEMS 2010 Page". 1 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2016.