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Definition of "hearing-impaired" []

  • Having a diminished or defective sense of hearing, but not deaf; hard of hearing. (adjective)
  • Completely incapable of hearing; deaf. (adjective)
  • Persons who are deficient in hearing or are deaf. Used with the: The hearing-impaired are provided with special services at school. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hearing-impaired" in a sentence
  • "Ms. Jiau, in an unusual twist, was not taped by the government, as other defendants have been, but by one or more employees for a hearing-impaired New York hedge-fund manager named Samir Barai ."
  • "As you can tell, I think this was a fairly dumb gag — offensive to the hearing-impaired, sure, but also just unoriginal."
  • "Any third-grader can riff on the kraaaazy way that some hearing-impaired people sound when they talk."
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