There are various terms used to describe deaf people and often people experience uncertainty when seeking the appropriate terminology. Ideally, we would adopt the terminology preferred by the individual we are working with, however having this discussion is not always practical and could compromise discretion.
Terms that should generally be avoided include 'the deaf', which defines people through their disability and also 'hearing impaired'. The term 'hearing impaired' is often used by medical professionals, but can be disliked by many deaf people do not view themselves as having an impairment.
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