Treacher Collins Sydrome: Treatment
The First Year of Life:
After a child is born with Treacher Collins syndrome, the child should
undergo a hearing screening as soon as possible. Children born with absent
ears typically have at least a 40% hearing loss. For these children, it
is very important for them to be evaluated early for a bony conductive
hearing aid. We now know that the early sounds babies hear, are critical
for normal speech development.
It is also important to evaluate the palate, and assess palatal function.
Some children who do not have an obvious palatal cleft may still have
what is called a "submucous cleft." This is a condition where the muscles
normally found in the roof of the mouth are oriented in a different way.
These children need to be closely followed by a speech pathologist, for
sometimes they may require surgery to enable them to speak normally.
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