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Radio commentary sets are provided for the blind and partially sighted, while sound reinforcement systems aid the hearing impaired. The Sun (2017)They say he was involved in an accident when he was six in which his skull was fractured, leaving his sight and hearing impaired. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The grey area lies in proving your ability to drive is impaired. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Many churches offer a signing ministry for the hearing impaired during services. Christianity Today (2000)His hearing is impaired although he has been recently assisted by some implants. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He recovered the ability to play the piano but his vocal cords were permanently impaired. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But trying to sleep in a stuffy bedroom can seriously impair sleep quality. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Wearing flats would not impair my ability to do my job. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Messages that cause emotional disturbance impair our reasoning ability. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He also returns from an injury that may have impaired his ability. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Your reluctance to tell your boyfriend that you have impaired hearing suggests a certain amount of denial about your condition. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But the quality is not impaired. Thorsons Organic Wine Guide (1991)Can you think of any alcohol impaired co-workers? An Introduction to Community Health (1995)Already nearly nine million people in Britain suffer from significantly impaired hearing. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Just nine minutes of watching the cartoon was found to impair the ability of four-year-olds to learn. The Sun (2011)She was listening to music on earphones, which may have impaired her ability to hear the traffic. Times, Sunday Times (2013)About 40 per cent of those on the streets have mental health issues that impair their ability to seek medical help or housing support. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In one exchange the lawyer asks him: 'Were you under the influence of drugs or alcohol that impaired your ability to understand what you were doing? The Sun (2009)
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British English: impair VERB
If something impairs something such as an ability or the way something works, it damages it or makes it worse.
His faculties were impaired by age.
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