having reduced or deficient hearing ability; having mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss: We provide amplified phones for those who are hard of hearing so that they can communicate with friends and family.
people who have reduced or deficient hearing ability: Besides being an aid for the hard of hearing, subtitles improve comprehension for viewers learning a different language.
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How to use hard of hearing in a sentence
The aim of the method is to graduate its pupils as hard-of-hearing speaking people, instead of deaf-mutes.The Deaf | Harry Best
British Dictionary definitions for hard of hearing
deaf or partly deaf
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the hard of hearing
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hard of hearing
Somewhat deaf, having a partial loss of hearing. For example, You'll have to speak distinctly; Dad's a little hard of hearing. The use of hard in the sense of “difficulty in doing something” survives only in this expression. [Mid-1500s]
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