Relationships are all about communication. So, what happens when you and your date communicate differently?
Many deaf and hard of hearing individuals depend upon lip reading to communicate. The better the lighting at your destination, the more likely it is that your date will be able to understand what you are saying. Before you go out, take some steps to make communication as easy as possible.
While it may be tempting to ask your date about their hearing loss, this does not make for great date conversation. Deaf and hard of hearing people are no different than hearing people, and their hearing loss is only one part of their story.
Get to know them, ask them about their interests and passions. If they bring up their hearing loss, then feel free to naturally transition to that conversation but, otherwise, steer clear. While language may not be universal in the deaf community, it is incredibly common.
If you are planning a date with someone who speaks language, learning a few key phrases can be a sweet gesture that will improve your communication and make your conversation a bit more natural. Not sure where to start?
As a hearing person, dating someone who is deaf or hard of hearing come with a bit of a learning curve. By simply being yourself and doing your best to communicate with your date in a way that works for them, you can get to know each other better and have a nice evening in the process.
Captioned Telephone Testimonials. Check out these quick tips for navigating dating and deafness. Pick a Well-Lit Place Many deaf and hard of hearing individuals depend upon lip reading to communicate.
Learn A Little Language While language may not be universal in the deaf community, it is incredibly common. Be Yourself As a hearing person, dating someone who is deaf or hard of hearing come with a bit of a learning curve.
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