How often do you suffer from hoarseness? Has your voice changed or does it get tired?
Do you professionally use voice? Does your child have speech impediment or its development is delayed?
Phoniatrist is the specialist who may solve your problems.
Phoniatrics is a branch of medicine which deals with processes related to generation of speech sounds.
The importance of a properly functioning organ of speech cannot be overstated - it is a basic tool of interpersonal communication and a basic work tool for many occupational groups. Beside crucial speech function, i.e. verbal communication, features of voice such as pitch, volume and timbre play a crucial role in communication. Through sound, we express emotions and therefore the way we speak and the sound of our voice create our image.
Voice and speech disorders are common and important clinical problem. Speech impediments usually affect children, whereas voice disorders occur equally frequently in adults and children. The causes of voice deficiencies (dysphonia) include organic lesions in the larynx (e.g. voice nodules, polyps, swelling, cancer lesions) and functional disorders, i.e. incorrectly functioning intrinsic and extrinsic laryngeal muscles.
Often the dysphonia occurs as a result of voice over-exertion in people who do not use it correctly. Very often people who perform tasks placing high demands on the voice organ (teachers, lawyers, judges, translators, journalists) do not undergo appropriate training in correct voice emission technique and they develop voice problems relatively fast which may limit their professional activity.
In any case of problems with speech and voice, it is necessary to consult a phoniatrist, who based on specialist tests (e.g. videolaryngostroboscopy) will correctly plan and comprehensively conduct treatment and rehabilitation.
In our Clinic, phoniatric consultations are conducted by Ewelina Sielska-Badurek, MD - specialist in phoniatrics and audiology, a graduate of the Medical Academy in Warsaw and Music Academy in Gdańsk at the Vocal and Acting Department. She works in the Otolaryngologic Clinic of the Independent Public Central Clinical Hospital, in the Centre of Diagnostics, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Hearing and Speech Disorders.