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August 27, 2008
25th Scientific Annual Meeting of the German Society of Phoniatrics & Pedaudiology online

The main topic of the jubilee congress is "Newborn Hearing Screening - New Requirements for the Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology". Several studies from different German states highlight the diverse aspects of the universal newborn hearing screening comprising tracking, follow up, quality assurance and the constitution of networks. Different methodical approaches are presented in pilot projects.
Further articles deal with causal research and differential diagnoses of the different subtypes of sensorineural hearing loss, developing concepts in hearing and speech habilitation and the treatment of auditory processing disorders. The aim of the studies is to guarantee a highly normal development of hearing and speech by early specific diagnostic and therapeutic activities.
A further common topic of the presented articles is the communication disorder in orofacial malformations and after defect care in the oral and maxillofacial area.
Studies concerning computer-assisted parameters of the voice, the voice in old age and special aspects in the treatment of vocalists and musicians emphasize the broad spectrum of the speciality phoniatrics and pediatric audiology.

The contributions of the congress are available online at GMS: http://www.egms.de/en/meetings/dgpp2008/