hard of hearing


Definition of hard of hearing

: relating to or having partial hearing loss people who are hard of hearing the deaf and hard of hearing community … the task force … will ask the Nebraska Department of Education to hire a national consulting firm with expertise in the area of deaf and hard of hearing education to analyze Nebraska's system.— Margaret Reist

Examples of hard of hearing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her mother, dad and brother are played respectively by Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant, who are deaf/hard of hearing in real life. Tim Gray, Variety, 12 Nov. 2021 For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, language learners, or when in noisy (or in quiet environments) can enjoy redesigned Closed Caption themes that are easier to read and customize. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2021 The law requires that the director of that new office be someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 Another community that really loves Rescu is the hard of hearing community; HoH communities don’t have access to efficient nor effective means of getting help during an emergency. Mary Juetten, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The thought of outbreaks is particularly alarming to people like Bill Borrelle, whose 95-year-old mother is legally blind and hard of hearing and lives in an assisted living facility in New Jersey. NBC News, 30 July 2021 Some experts estimate that roughly 48 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 Pets that are deaf or hard of hearing communicate well with visual cues such as hand gestures as well as physical touch. The Arizona Republic, 22 Oct. 2021 Interpreters for deaf or hard of hearing students - $8.5 million, new for next year. Trisha Powell Crain | Tcrain@al.com, al, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of hard of hearing

1564, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard of hearing was in 1564

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“Hard of hearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20of%20hearing. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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hard of hearing

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

Medical Definition of hard of hearing

: relating to or having partial hearing loss adults who are hard of hearing the deaf and hard of hearing community

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