We the Deaf People agree that “hearing-impaired” is no longer an acceptable term. Here’s why:

“Deaf” is a simple, neutral, nonjudgmental term denoting people who use their eyes to communicate via sign language and other visually-based means (such as text and open captions).

“Hearing-impaired” is a supposedly more “poilte” term than “deaf.” We find it offensive, as it defines us in terms of what we lack. It labels us as broken machinery.

“Deaf” does not exclude a sense of pride and identity as members of a linguistic-minority community.

“Hearing-impaired” is used as a euphemism for “deaf.” We don’t need euphemisms to deodorize our reality.

“Deaf” encompasses language, communication, arts, social relationships, and culture.

“Hearing-impaired” is negative labeling, judgmental, and annoyingly vague.

Deaf people resent being defined in terms of malfunctioning auditory machinery.

“Hearing-impaired” is not an accurate term. It's an insult.

We’re not broken. We’re not impaired.


Help us remove “hearing-impaired” from circulation.

Help us banish it!