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My child has a cleft palate. Why do I need to have my child’s hearing tested?
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Dr. Jeffrey Marsh
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree
In brief: Cleft hearing
Most infants and young children with cleft palate have problems with ventilating ("popping") their middle ears.
The middle ear fills with fluid and the child hears what we hear under water: that is not good for someone developing speech and language. Also bacteria like to grow in middle ear fluid and the infection can destroy the middle ear hearing apparatus. Normal speech needs normal hearing.

In brief: Cleft hearing
Most infants and young children with cleft palate have problems with ventilating ("popping") their middle ears.
The middle ear fills with fluid and the child hears what we hear under water: that is not good for someone developing speech and language. Also bacteria like to grow in middle ear fluid and the infection can destroy the middle ear hearing apparatus. Normal speech needs normal hearing.
Dr. Jeffrey Marsh
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Fluid in middle ear
Infants with cleft palate are way more susceptible to develop an ear infection and most of them has fluid accumulated in their middle ear. They often require to have ''tube" in their ears to drain fluid out to maintain normal hearing.

In brief: Fluid in middle ear
Infants with cleft palate are way more susceptible to develop an ear infection and most of them has fluid accumulated in their middle ear. They often require to have ''tube" in their ears to drain fluid out to maintain normal hearing.
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hearing loss
50-90% of children with cleft palate are susceptible to persistent middle ear infections or fluid which may cause conductive hearing loss.
Chl may cause speech and language delays, which, in turn, may cause language -based learning disabilities. Close monitoring of hearing helps your child's ENT doctor to know if/when to place " pe tubes" in the eardrums to help preserve hearing.

In brief: Hearing loss
50-90% of children with cleft palate are susceptible to persistent middle ear infections or fluid which may cause conductive hearing loss.
Chl may cause speech and language delays, which, in turn, may cause language -based learning disabilities. Close monitoring of hearing helps your child's ENT doctor to know if/when to place " pe tubes" in the eardrums to help preserve hearing.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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