[ heer-ing-im-paird ]
/ ˈhɪər ɪŋ ɪmˌpɛərd /


having reduced or deficient hearing ability; hard-of-hearing: special programs for hearing-impaired persons.


(used with a plural verb) hearing-impaired persons collectively (usually preceded by the).

Nearby words

  1. hearing aid,
  2. hearing dog,
  3. hearing impairment,
  4. hearing loss,
  5. hearing-ear dog,
  6. hearken,
  7. hearkening,
  8. hearn,
  9. hearn, lafcadio,
  10. hearsay

Usage note

See dumb.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for hearing-impaired



Having a diminished or defective sense of hearing, but not deaf; hard of hearing.
Completely incapable of hearing; deaf.


Persons who are deficient in hearing or are deaf.

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