hard of hearing


Definition of hard of hearing

: relating to or having a defective but functional sense of hearing

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None of the 2020 presidential candidates began their campaigns with websites that are fully accessible to blind voters, and only some have included captions on their videos, which are necessary for deaf or hard of hearing voters. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Voter Turnout Surged Among People With Disabilities Last Year. Activists Want to Make Sure That Continues in 2020," 10 July 2019 If a person who is deaf or hard of hearing arrives at the hospital without an appointment and requests an interpreter, the hospital staff will request an interpreter within 15 minutes after completing an assessment of the patient. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale and La Grange hospitals reach settlement over deaf man's complaint he was not provided with interpreter," 28 June 2018 Impairment among the deaf and hard of hearing varies widely. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "ASL interpreters bring music to life for deaf concertgoers at festivals like Forecastle," 3 July 2019 The subtitles and captions are designed to help support the deaf or hard of hearing community, and even allow speakers to include a translation of a presentation. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft PowerPoint is getting real-time captions and subtitles for presentations," 3 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit details daily issues faced by deaf and hard of hearing inmates. Washington Post, "Lawsuit: Georgia is denying equal access for deaf inmates," 20 June 2018 Since the mid-1980s, the cochlear implant has been the main device that the deaf and severely hard of hearing use to connect with the auditory world. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?," 21 Apr. 2018 Some, like SoundPrint, crowdsource users’ decibel readings to rate venues so that people who are hard of hearing or sensitive to noise,can find quiet spots. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back," 18 Apr. 2018 With subtitles displayed on the stage, the accessible environment allowed deaf and hard of hearing people to be up to speed with people who can hear. Mark Burka, GQ, "Children of a Lesser God," 12 Apr. 2018

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1564, in the meaning defined above

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hard of hearing

hard of hear·​ing | \ ˌhärd-ə(v)-ˈhi(ə)r-iŋ\

Medical Definition of hard of hearing

: of or relating to a defective but functional sense of hearing

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