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Do NOT use the term 'hearing-impaired'


So many of the trivia bits on here, as well as the film's written description on other sites, use the term hearing-impaired. This is offensive to the Deaf community. It implies there's something less than ideal, less than perfect about them and they need to be fixed in order to be a whole person.

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Can't you go into the trivia and fix it, or does that require a premium account?
I get that it's a microaggression. I've educated people about them after becoming a disability activist from years of discrimination because I'm hard of hearing. That said, you sure the IMDb is the right place to do this? You'd be better off on Tumblr, or with a hearing aid company blog.

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Then what would you replace it with? Unless you are suggesting that deaf people never even be identified as such (which would be impractical, on the whole), you would have a hard time coming up with an alternative word or phrase.

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Lots of us with hearing loss consider ourselves hearing-impaired. It's OK to say that.

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I always assumed that hearing impaired meant that there was some auditory signal being perceived, but not at the same volume or range as the average hearing person.


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So many of the trivia bits on here, as well as the film's written description on other sites, use the term hearing-impaired. This is offensive to the Deaf community


Why?

It implies there's something less than ideal, less than perfect about them

How? And in any case no one is perfect.

and they need to be fixed in order to be a whole person.


People that are hard of hearing wear hearing aids to correct their hearing, people who are short-sighted (like myself) wear glasses to correct their vision. It has nothing to do with some silly nonsense about not being a whole person.

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