You know how sometimes certain expressions are so common throughout everyday language that we don’t even stop to think about why they exist? Well here’s one that gets under my skin every time I hear it – “hearing people.”
That’s hearing as an adjective, not a verb. An example is, “Children with hearing impairments work hard to keep up with hearing people,” a tweet I saw the other day from a major hearing aid manufacturer. I understand their intention was “typically hearing people,” but it seems like a very silly, unnecessary shorthand to choose
To me, it makes no sense. All of us who use hearing aids or cochlear implants are hearing things. Otherwise it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for us to continue wearing these devices. To use the phrase “hearing people” insinuates that the rest of us don’t hear anything at all. Are people with normal eyesight the only group of “seeing people?” Are only those capable of walking without assistance “moving people?”
Its a relatively small thing to get hung up on, but its a careless mistake that easily can, and in my opinion should, be avoided.
What do you think?