Definition: A hearing loss that prevents a person from totally receiving sounds through the ear.

Variation. [Video contributed by Sam Damiano, 2017.]

Note: This term "hearing impaired" is derogatory and is not acceptable in Deaf community. This so-called "politically correct" term emerged in the 1980s but Deaf people have been strongly opposing this term. The preferred terms used in services today are "Deaf and Hard of Hearing" or simply "Deaf" in general.

hearing-impaired term in trouble
Cartoon (2005) by David H. Pierce.

Related signs: DEAF.

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