We the Deaf People agree that “hearing-impaired” is
no longer an acceptable term.
“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 “polite” term than “deaf.” We find it offensive, as it defines us in terms of what we lack. It labels us as broken machinery.
We’re not broken or
- “Deaf” does not exclude a sense of pride and identity as members of a linguistic-minority community.
- “Deaf” encompasses language, communication, arts, social relationships, and culture.
Deaf people resent being defined in terms of malfunctioning auditory machinery.
- “Hearing-impaired” is used as a euphemism for “deaf.” We don’t need euphemisms to deodorize our reality.
- “Hearing-impaired” is negative labeling, judgmental, and annoyingly vague.
“Hearing-impaired” is equivalent to the “N-word” in the Black community.