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Does a cleft palate (harelip) sound cause voice changes?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Question unclear: A cleft palate is different from a cleft lip. Cleft palate will cause difficulty with many speech sounds, while an isolated cleft lip does not.
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Speech, not voice. : Cleft palate, even repaired, can cause speech issues. The most common is too much air coming through the nose during speaking. This can usually be fixed. Despite common thinking, cleft palate does not cause voice problems such as hoarseness.

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