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Many deaf people are offended by the term hearing impaired because they do not feel themselves to be “impaired” at all; they simply communicate differently than hearing people do.  (In sociological terms, maybe hearing people are disabled if we don’t know sign language.)  In general the terms Deaf and Hard of Hearing are preferred.  Some people who have had (almost) full hearing most of their lives may find the term hearing impaired to describe their condition as hearing diminishes with age or other circumstances.  For more information like this, go to Deaf Myths.