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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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How to use hearing-impaired in a sentence

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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