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Ears, Nose, Throat/Speech & Hearing

A to Z: Bullous Myringitis

Learn about bullous myringitis, an infection of the tympanic membrane (eardrum).

Adenoids and Adenoidectomies

Enlarged adenoids are normal some kids, but others need surgery. Often, tonsils and adenoids are removed at the same time.

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test

An auditory brainstem response (ABR) test is a safe and painless test that gives health care providers information about possible hearing loss.

Auditory Processing Disorder

Kids with APD can't process what they hear as other kids do, because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate. But early diagnosis and therapy can improve their hearing skills.

Balance Disorders

Most kids stumble and fall from time to time, but a child who continually loses his or her balance might have a balance disorder.

Cholesteatoma

A cholesteatoma is a growth behind the eardrum that can damage the bones of the middle ear. Treating it can help prevent hearing loss.

Chronic Hoarseness

Misuse of the vocal cords — caused by such things as repetitive screaming, yelling, or using the voice in an unnatural way — can lead to chronic hoarseness. Learn how to get the voice back into perfect pitch.

Cleft Lip

A cleft lip is when a baby's lip doesn't form properly during pregnancy. Most kids can have surgery to repair one early in life.

Cleft Palate

A cleft palate is when a baby is born with a cleft (gap) in the roof of the mouth. Most kids can have surgery to repair them early in life.

Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip

A cleft palate with a cleft lip is when a baby's lip and palate (roof of mouth) don't form properly during pregnancy. Most kids with cleft lip and palate are treated successfully with no lasting problems.