Ao.Univ. Prof. Dr. Berit Schneider-Stickler


Specialist in otorhinolaryngology and phoniatrics

My medical work focuses on the diagnosis and therapy of voice, speech and hearing disorders, as well as all the morphological structures involved. Decades of intensive clinical and research activities, international conference and training activities and regular journalistic activities have continuously developed my professional expertise. My medical expertise was significantly influenced by experiences in studying singing and in regular solo singing activities. As part of my university work, I pursue various teaching obligations and teaching activities.

Despite advancing specialization in today’s cutting-edge medicine, the holistic view of patients is at the forefront of our work in our Center for Communication Medicine.

Surgical procedures I mainly performed at the Vienna Private Clinic (Pelikangasse 9, 1090 Vienna) and at the University ENT Clinic of the Vienna General Hospital (Währinger Belt 18-20, 1090 Vienna).

My profile at a glance:

My focuses

  • Voice diagnostics
    Voice range profile measurements
    Acoustic voice sound analyses
    Stroboscopy of vocal fold vibrations
  • Rigid and flexible endoscopy of the nose, throat and larynx
  • Flexible endoscopic assessment (FEES) of swallowing
  • Audiometry
  • Tympanometry
  • Stapedius reflex measurements
  • Speech audiometry
  • Speech audiometry in noise
  • Aviation medical fitness examinations as part of the examinations of the aeromedical Center at the Vienna Private Clinic
  • Allergy testing including Prick skin test
  • Laboratory tests
  • Investigations of children’s language development disorders
  • Phonosurgery for the surgical restoration of vocal function, especially in singers and voice professionals
  • Functional surgery on the larynx skeleton (“laryngeal framework surgery”), including external vocal fold medialization (“thyroplasty”)
  • Neuromuscular surgery, including botulinum toxin injection
  • Correction of the nasal septum in the event of nasal breathing obstruction (septoplasty)
  • Endonasal sinus surgery (infundibulotomy, FESS)
  • Nasal turbinate reductions (conchotomy, turbinoplasty)
  • Removal of nasopharyngeal polyps in children (adenotomy)
  • Removal of the palatine tonsils (tonsillectomy)
  • Lymph node removal (lymph node extirpation)
  • Soft tissue surgery for benign changes in the head and neck area
  • Removal of median and lateral neck cysts
  • Paracentesis and tympanostomy tube insertions
  • Removal of ear canal exostoses

Training and activities

  • Music and singing studies in Berlin

  • Research observerships at the University of Wisconsin (Madison/USA) and University of California (Irvine/USA)

  • Dissertation at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

  • ENT specialist training at Medical Universities in Berlin and Essen (Germany)

  • Specialist training in phoniatrics at the University of Vienna (Austria)

  • Habilitation at the Medical University of Vienna

  • Since 2001, attending doctor and ENT consultant at the Vienna Private Clinic and other private hospitals in Vienna

  • Since 2004, deputy head of the Clinical Department of Phoniatrics-Logopedics of the Medical University of Vienna

  • Since 2007, head of the “Center for Communication Medicine” (Med4Com) at the Vienna Private Clinic


  • Österreichische HNO-Gesellschaft

  • Deutsche HNO-Gesellschaft

  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Logopädie, Phoniatrie und Pädaudiologie (ÖGLPP)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Phoniatrie und Pädaudiologie (DGPP)

  • Union of European Phoniatrics (UEP)

  • International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)

  • European Laryngological Society (ELS)

  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musik und Medizin (ÖGfMM)
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musik und Medizin (ÖGfMM)

  • European Voice Teacher Association Austria (EVTA Austria)

  • Collegium Medicorum Teatri (CoMeT)


  • Schneider-Stickler B, Bigenzahn W. Stimmdiagnostik – Ein Leitfaden für die Praxis. 2. Aufl. 2013, Springer Verlag Wien

    • Schneider-Stickler B, Kress P. Tracheotomie und Tracheostomaversorgung: Indikationen, Techniken & Rehabilitation. 2018. Springer-Verlag KG