What is the Proper Term to Use : Deaf or Hearing Impaired?
Despite the fact that the ADA law uses the terminology “hearing impaired”, most deaf people would prefer to be described as “Deaf”. The term hearing impaired is actually offensive to many Deaf people because the word “impaired” implies that something is “broken” or wrong with them. Deaf people are not “broken” -they are Deaf- and simply communicate a different way than many other people. Deaf people communicate using their hands and their eyes while many other people communcate using their ears and their mouths.
Generally, hard of hearing people describe themselves as hearing impaired because most of them do not want to be called “Deaf”. They do not fit in or identify with the Deaf Community.