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Individuals with hearing impairments often use some combination of lip-reading, sign language, and amplification to understand spoken information. People who are deaf from birth generally have more difficulty speaking and understanding the structure of language than those who lost their hearing later in life. In a job setting, everyday noises -- fans and lights -- that are not a bother to hearing people, may have a profound effect on the ability of people with hearing impairments.

Terminology Guide

Language is our primary means of communicating attitudes, thoughts and feelings. When we are speaking with a person with a disability, it is important to refer to them as the individual first and their disability only when needed. We need to eliminate words and expressions that are disrespectful or express a stereotype.

To view a list of terms that are appropriate for addressing persons of different abilities, please click here.