hearing impaired


having reduced or deficient hearing ability; hard-of-hearing: special programs for hearing-impaired persons.
(used with a plural verb) hearing-impaired persons collectively (usually preceded by the ).

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hearing-impaired adj.

  1. Having a diminished or defective sense of hearing, but not deaf; hard of hearing.

  2. Completely incapable of hearing; deaf.

Persons who are deficient in hearing or are deaf.
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