Dating someone with hearing problems
As part of our survey on Dating, Relationships, Marriage…and Hearing Loss, we asked respondents to share any comments they had about survey questions, as well as any general comments, tips, or stories they wanted to provide.The response was incredible and provided many diverse viewpoints on hearing loss and relationships!
In my experience dating someone with hearing loss comes with a slew of personal politics.
I have very strong views and [opinions] relating to my [hearing loss] that we would clash in terms of view points.
I prefer someone who can hear normally because it makes my life easier, I know that may sound selfish but, I depend on my guy to hear the things I cannot when we go out in public and he helps me a lot. I have found that it is best to tell people in person about my hearing loss.
In online dating situations, many people will just assume that it will be hard to communicate with someone with a hearing loss and will not continue communicating or attempting a date once knowing this information.
If he wants to call me before the first date, then I mention that I am hearing impaired and may ask him to repeat himself often.
Otherwise it usually comes up during the first date or when we first meet.
If I was asked about my hearing loss in the first date, then I will share but very superficially.
If we date consistently, then I will tell him/her later after 3 or so dates.
I do this way so I can allow him/her get to know me as a person better without hearing loss before learning a great deal about my hearing loss as I believe my personality is what makes me who I am the most.
I didn’t let my dates know right away about my hearing loss for fear of being rejected but in hindsight I feel that fear was unfounded and all in my head.