from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a diminished or defective sense of hearing, but not deaf; hard of hearing.
- adj. Completely incapable of hearing; deaf.
- n. Persons who are deficient in hearing or are deaf. Used with the: The hearing-impaired are provided with special services at school.
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- adj. Having some degree of deafness; Hard of hearing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. having a hearing impairment making hearing difficult; having a defective but functioning sense of hearing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a hearing loss
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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.
Bay, who comes from a privileged background, is really the daughter of single mother Regina (Constance Marie) while Daphne, who is hearing-impaired, is actually the child of Kathryn(Lea Thompson) and John (D.W. Moffett).
Fields played Division I basketball despite being hearing-impaired.
The mother of the little hearing-impaired girl was never all that good but got through on a sympathy vote, only to be shot down on stage during Hollywood-in-Pasadena Day.
DEAR HEARING IMPAIRED: Many hearing-impaired people made similar suggestions.
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 .
The facility is a product of Charles's charitable foundation, which he established in 1986 to serve the hearing-impaired.
Roberts criticized as "judicial activism" a court's order requiring a sign-language interpreter for a hearing-impaired public school student.
Singapore: Retraction of invitation to hearing-impaired educator