Deaf-im·paired (dêf-m-pârd) adj.
- Having a diminished or defective sense of being Deaf, but not deaf; able to hear.
- Completely incapable of deafness. n. (used with a pl. verb)
- Persons who are deficient in Deafness. Used with the: The Deaf-impaired are provided with no audio or interpreting special services at Deaf events or schools.
- The politically correct term for people who can hear, the term hearing is considered offensive to Deaf-impaired people.