Look for venues (restaurants, bars, coffee shops) that are quieter, have good acoustics, and are well lit (to help with lip reading). It will be much quieter than a night out and may be more memorable since it is out of the ordinary. This is most important if the date is at a restaurant or bar.
Your date will also appreciate the thought and effort you made in planning something special. Pick a spot in the corner, away from the kitchen and any noisy tables. This is a personal decision, but most of the people I know are upfront about it from the start. With hearing loss, video chat via Skype or Face Time are a great option so you can see the person’s mouth in addition to hearing their voice with your hearing aids.
This man, with everyone else, assumed that I was a healthy young woman. There was no wheelchair, no trained animal by my side. But at 24, I had gone from a feisty, uninhibited, outspoken yogini to a statistic. I’d been sitting in my midtown office when it started, typing another day away in my job as an assistant (read: glorified coffee fetcher).
A harsh ringing pierced my ears so suddenly that I flinched and contemplated diving under my desk.
A co-worker walked by slowly, assessing my hunched position.“What that?
A recent thread on Reddit featured a 20-year-old deaf woman who said she really wanted to have sex, but she was scared to. I was legally deaf, but I had a tiny bit of hearing. By the time I was 18 months old, I was declared profoundly deaf, meaning I cannot hear anything. Woman C: I was born with hearing, but I gradually lost it over time.I'm deaf with a lower case d because I can't hear without the use of cochlear implants, but I never learned sign language and don't have much of a desire to.Dating can be tough under any circumstances – what to wear, where to go, wondering if there will be a second date. This may seem a bit harsh, but it is probably smart.Especially in today’s world of online dating where profile pictures are everything and computer algorithms are doing much of the matching. Perhaps she speaks softly or he covers his mouth with his hands. The environment is probably the most important condition for a successful date.