hearing-impaired

adjective
hear·​ing-im·​paired | \ ˈhir-iŋ-im-ˈperd How to pronounce hearing-impaired (audio) \

Definition of hearing-impaired

now often offensive : hard of hearing, deaf

Note: The World Federation of the Deaf has since 1991 recommended the terms hard of hearing and deaf for people with hearing loss. Many deaf and hard of hearing people consider the term hearing-impaired offensive.

First Known Use of hearing-impaired

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Hearing-impaired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearing-impaired. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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