How do other medical conditions affect speech impairments?

Other medical conditions can cause of speech impairments. For instance, hearing loss is a frequent cause of speech impairment, because children are unable to learn speech through listening to their parents and the conversations around them. Mental retardation frequently causes speech impairment and some medical conditions, like diseases or strokes, can lead to speech impairment. If the medical condition that causes speech impairment can be treated, sometimes the speech impairment will go away. For example, once a cleft palate or a head injury is treated, the speech impairment may cease to be a problem.

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