Which is correct?

There is no easy answer to this question because it is impossible to create a definitive rule that is acceptable to everyone. In most cases, an appropriate label depends on how the person identifies himself or herself, rather than a specific degree of hearing loss. It is preferable to use a specific term - Deaf, deaf, or hard of hearing. 

Deaf: (Please note the capital "D".)

deaf: (Please note the lowercase "d".)

hard of hearing:

hearing impaired:



Contact Information:

Hope Community Resources, Inc.
3500 E. 20th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99508
Telephone (Voice): 907-433-4778
Videophone: 907-268-4416
Fax: 907-272-8807
Deaf Navigator is a program run by Hope Community Resources, funded
via a grant provided by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services