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hearing impaired (archaic / not recommended)
The sign for "hearing impaired" consists of pointing to your ear and then signing INTERRUPT.
Instead of signing "hearing impaired" (or even using the phrase at all in any language) consider instead using alternate terminology such as:
- Deaf and hard of hearing
- People with hearing loss
HEARING IMPAIRED (non-initialized version) (not recommended)
Instead of using the term "hearing impaired" you could sign something such as:
"The Deaf and hard of hearing Community"
A person commented: "I actually see ‘interrupt' done a lot with the ‘I' hand in Michigan." (Fred, 2020/02/04, Comment Section, Youtube: https://youtu.be/-In-9jNVGf4 )
Response: The use of an "i" handshape for the sign "interrupt" falls under the umbrella of "Signed English." The "i" for "interrupt" sign has in the past also been used as part of an (archaic) signed term "hearing impaired" wherein the signer would point at their ear and then sign "interrupt" with an "i" handshape. (Not recommended). These days instead of using the term "hearing impaired" we tend to just sign "Deaf" or "Deaf / HH."
Also see: "Hearing Impaired (discussion)"
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