hard of hearing


Definition of hard of hearing

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

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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 Less than 40% of people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U.S. were employed full time in 2016, according to Cornell University’s Institute on Employment and Disability. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Gallaudet eyes more progress for deaf community 30 years after 'Deaf President Now' protest," 3 Apr. 2018 The other bill allows deaf people to add the international symbol for the deaf and hard of hearing to their driver’s licenses for an additional $1 charge. Christine Sexton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaf drivers could help during traffic stops," 17 Mar. 2018 Serving the Deaf are proud to issue The Green Envelope Program for the deaf and hard of hearing drivers of Connecticut. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 26 Dec. 2017

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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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