Does someone with a cleft palate sound different when they talk?

Hopefully not. If the muscles of the palate are properly repaired, the palate itself is long enough, and the muscles function correctly, speech in a child with a cleft palate should be normal. Approximately 20% of children with cleft palate will develop hypernasal speech which will need a second surgery to remedy.
Sometimes. The palate helps form the tone of our speech. If it is fore shortened or variable in flexibility it can affect the tone or quality of speech. Some times it gives it a more nasal quality.
Yes. With a cleft palate, the nasal cavity is directly connected with the oral cavity. When the person talks, it will sound like more sound than normal is coming from the nose (hypernasal speech).

Related Questions

Can you tell me how can someone with a cleft palate (harelip) sound when speaking?

Hypernasal. People with cleft palates have a communication between their mouth and nose, allowing air ; voicing to escape when speaking, hence the hypernasal sounds and voice. Food and liquids can also escape into the nose which can be an embarrassment when eating or drinking. A "harelip" is a cleft lip, not a cleft palate although both can exist together. Read more...

Can you tell me what someone with a cleft palate (also called a harelip) sound like?

Nasal speech. Typically cleft palate is surgically corrected as a child, and there would be a team of medical professionals that participate- speech pathologists, social work, orthodontics, etc. If this is not corrected (and even sometimes when it is) the defects leaves abnormal communication between the oral and nasal cavities which results in hypernasal speech esp. W/ hard consonants (ie say cup cake). Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Hello, I would like to talk about my nephew Ranbir Guha. He has a problem like cleft palate. Please suggest us what we should do for his treatment?

See a doctor. Treatment for a cleft palate is ideally a team approach involving many different medical and dental specialties. The starting place can be with your family physician who can refer you to the specialists who treat cleft palates. . Read more...

Sudden onset of stuffy ear 3 days ago. Also causing ringing with louder sounds. Infection? Tinnitus? Hx - cleft palate & perf ear drum. What can I do?

See your doctor. Given your past history of cleft palate and perforated eardrum, you should not wait when you have a new onset of ear problems to be evaluated. It is impossible to tell what is going on without an examination of your ear. See your doctor ASAP. Good luck! Read more...

Does my double cleft palate have anything to do with the following problems I have always had problems speaking loud enough without getting out of breath. I'm prone to ear aches, and people ask me to repeat myself so much that I seldom talk to anyone outs

All . All of the problems you mentioned are related to your clefts. If you palate has not been repaired completely, you will have communication between your mouth and your nose. The escape of air will explain why speaking will get you out of breath. It also makes your speech sound nasal and hard to understand. There are tubes that vent the middle ear to the back of the throat. The cleft alters the muscles that prevent back flow into those tubes leading to frequent ear infections. The opening in your palate will allow whatever is in your mouth to leak out of your nose. The cleft causes a defect of the bone at the very back of your palate will fail to support the soft tissue allowing it to hang down and cause you to choke. The good news is that all of these problems can be improved with treatment. Read more...
More information. I need more information because I do not know if you have been surgically treated and what kind of prosthesis you are wearing to close the exposure. This is most likely a hearing/ent problem, not dental. Read more...
Probably. The problem with breathlessness with speaking, ear pain, etc are all probabaly due to the cleft palate history. You should go get evaluated by the speech therapist and ENT doctor on the local cleft team. Read more...