I've just discovered you blog and it's fantastic! One thing I'm slightly curious about, some people have told me about the deaf and HoH community not liking the term "hearing impaired" while we were taught in school that that was the right term? What is your opinion on the subject?
Growing up, I was familiar with the term and being a CI recipient and in medical environments I got used to the term, because it’s still something they use in legalese and medical documentation.
However, the Deaf/HoH community has valid concerns for people using “Hearing impaired”. You have to consider the fact that they are proud of being Deaf/HoH and it in no way affects their lifestyle (usually).
There ARE drawbacks to being Deaf/HoH, and that’s just the lack of ability to hear. But they consider it as a way of life. An introduction to a different realm, a different culture, an entire world even! So when you introduce the suffix “impaired”, that is implying you are impaired to begin with.
So when you say hearing impaired, you are basically casting a shadow of negativity on something they view as a positive thing, and it was previously politically correct, but not today. It was coined by hearing people, and they prefer to simply be called Deaf. It’s their identity, and it should sound positive (pun intended). So why bother saying the two entire words “hearing impaired”? It has a bad weight to it when you say it, why not just say Deaf? It’s simple, quick, and positive!
It is an outdated term, and I encourage anyone that if they hear it, simply correct, with a friendly and understanding tone, them by teaching the correct term which is d/Deaf.
The explanation above, also has a bit of a hint of my opinion on it. My opinion, plainly, is that I’m not going to throw a shit fit when someone says it, I’m just either going to brush it off (depending on the situation, if I’m speaking to someone of importance) or simply let them know to just use “Deaf” instead, then carry on the conversation. It’’s not a huge deal to me personally, but I grew up on the term too.
People are lazy, and if you just take the time to teach them to use “Deaf” correctly, they will be quick to prefer it over two long words.