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hearing-impaired

[ heer-ing-im-paird ]
/ ˈhɪər ɪŋ ɪmˌpɛərd /
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adjective, noun
Usually Offensive. hard of hearing.
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Origin of hearing-impaired

First recorded in 1945–50

usage note for hearing-impaired

Hearing-impaired is perceived as an offensive term within the Deaf community because the word impaired implies damage, and it focuses on what the person cannot do. When referring to people with hearing loss, the preferred term is hard of hearing .
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