hearing-impaired

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

adjective

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

noun

(used with a plural verb)Usually the hearing-impaired . hearing-impaired persons collectively.

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Origin of hearing-impaired

First recorded in 1945–50

usage note for hearing-impaired

See dumb.
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Medical definitions for hearing-impaired

hearing-impaired

adj.

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

n.

Persons who are deficient in hearing or are deaf.
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