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Sight, Speech & Hearing

Speech Problems
Do you know someone who stutters or has another speech disorder? Find out how speech disorders are treated, how you can help a friend or classmate cope, and lots more.

Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that occur while a baby is developing in the uterus. Find out more about cleft lip and palate and some of the challenges they present.

Visual Impairment
When one or more parts of the eye or brain that are needed to process images become diseased or damaged, severe or total loss of vision can occur. Read all about visual impairment.

Hearing Impairment
Hearing impairment occurs when there's a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear. The degree of impairment can vary widely. Find out its causes and what can be done to help correct it.

Hearing Impairment: Kristin's Story
You wouldn't know it to meet her, but when Kristin was only 18 months old, her doctors diagnosed her with a hearing impairment. She had to learn to hear in a very different way from her peers - and developed some handy lipreading skills along the way!

Hearing Aids
Want to hear what's being said to you, by you, and about you? Find out how hearing aids help people with certain types of hearing loss.

Perforated Eardrum
Perforated eardrums can really hurt. And if you can't hear as well as usual, they can be scary. The good news is, most people who have them get all their hearing back eventually.

Earbuds
Earbuds are basically a tiny pair of speakers that go inside the ears. They're fine at low volumes, but they can cause permanent hearing loss if not used properly. Find out what's safe (and not) in this article for teens.

Styes
A stye is a backed-up oil gland in the eyelid. Styes are usually easy to get rid of, but there are some things you can do to help. Learn more about styes.

Corneal Abrasions
A corneal abrasion happens when something cuts, scratches, or scrapes the cornea (the clear tissue covering the eye). Most will heal in a couple of days.

Is it OK to Turn Up the Volume if You Only Use One Earbud?
Find out what the experts have to say.