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Patients with cleft palates, uh, other than the most minimal type of cleft, which is a Bifid Uvula or a dangling a UV light in the back of the throat do need to have the cleft repaired. If not, they will have lifelong problems with swallowing and speech resonance. They do need to have the hearing monitored over time because if they do not get the proper clearance of the middle ear throughout, especially the beginning of their lives, they could develop learning disabilities from difficulty hearing. This is the case, not just with cleft palates, but with any kid or any child growing up with any kind of hearing issue.

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