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

Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hearing-impaired was in 1946

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“Hearing-impaired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearing-impaired. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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