The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phoniatrie und Pädaudiologie (DGPP, German Society of Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology) has been founded in 1983, arising from the “Association of German Phoniatricians” (est. 1966). The Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology as a medical-scientific discipline has its roots in the ear-nose-throat medicine and, for many years, was a subdiscipline within this area. In 1992, by a decision of the Federal Medical Council, Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology has received an independent status as a medical discipline in Germany. This was confirmed by the decision of the “Deutscher Ärztetag 2018” who adopted the new “Musterweiterbildungsordnung” with “Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology” – “Specialist in Language, Voice and Hearing loss in Children” as a medical discipline in Germany.
Meanwhile phoniatricians-pedaudiologists work in university departments, supraregional hospitals, private practices, social-pediatric centers and rehabilitation departments.
On the initiative of Peter Biesalski (Germany), Dušan Cvejić (Yugoslavia), Gerhard Kittel (Germany), and Oskar Schindler (Italy), the Union of the European Phoniatricians was founded in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1971.