Do you have any tips for dating with hearing loss, or experiences you’d like to share? Ellie was born profoundly deaf, uses verbal communication, lipreads and wears Phonak hearing aids. Ellie hasn’t let her disability stand in the way and embraces every new challenge.
Her deafness didn’t prevent her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as excelling in her education, working as a Marketing Executive for a Spa & Health Club, Events and Promotions Staff for a local newspaper as well as blogging for Hearing Like Me.
Below are five tips that will help you to ensure your date with a deaf or hearing-impaired person goes smoothly. Ensure the Place You Choose Has Good Lighting Many deaf or hearing-impaired people are quite good at reading lips, but in order for them to be able to do this they need to be able to see your lips move.
Consequently, if you choose a lovely romantic restaurant that happens to have the dimmest lighting around your date probably isn’t going to go that well.
It’s not easy, but all relationships are difficult.
If you put in some effort for that special person, sometimes they do work out!
Although he lives 251 miles away from me, we’ve been going strong for 2-and-a-half years. Since I’ve been with him, I’ve interacted with the “Deaf world” more, as I now have Deaf friends! We always have a laugh about this one time when we argued about the most pointless thing – who was deafer!When we go out on dates, we tend to pick the quietest places to eat with the best lighting, so we can understand each other.We love going to the cinema when there’s a subtitled showing, or going bowling!It’s always best to just speak normally with a hearing-impaired person. Learn Some Sign Language Chances are at some point in your life you’ve seen somebody using sign language and probably wondered what the heck they were saying.If you’re going to try dating a deaf or hearing-impaired person it would be a really good idea to learn a little bit of sign language.