Hearing Loss Dating Tips

Love is in the Air: Hearing Loss Dating Tips

Dating can be hard enough, and if you are hard of hearing, or are dating someone who is, this difficulty can become magnified. There’s a lot to think about, what to wear, where to go and if you have a hearing impairment there’s even more “stressors” added on. Luckily, dating with hearing loss doesn’t have to be stressful and difficult. In fact, with the correct foresight, dating with impaired hearing can be a successful and less complicated endeavor.

The dating scene can be tough to navigate, but we are here to help. With the proper insight and preparation, you can have the assurance you need to go into your date with a positive mindset. Check out these helpful hearing loss dating tips to help you remain comfortable and confident with your new love interest.

• If you are hearing impaired, be upfront about it out of the gate. By doing this, you can help limit unnecessary heartache later on. Plus, this can help you have a better date. Remember, hearing loss is a very common condition, so you have nothing to be ashamed about!
• Put thought into your location and take the necessary time needed to plan out your destination(s). Generally, locations that are well lit, have good acoustics, and that are fairly quiet are always a good choice. Remember, you don’t have to go with the “norm.” Be open and creative!
• If you do plan on meeting at a restaurant or a café, make sure to arrive early. By getting to the location early, you will have a better chance of choosing the best spot that suits your needs. Try to pick a spot that is away from the kitchen, speakers, and from other noisy tables.
• During the date, try to remain as relaxed as possible, make eye contact, and don’t be afraid to ask your date to repeat themselves if you didn’t catch what they said. Instead, remain open and honest. Don’t bluff and make pretend that you are hearing your date properly when you aren’t.
• After the date is finished, keep the lines of communication open. In today’s digital age, this is easier than ever. Depending on your level of hearing impairment, Skype may be a good option so you can see your partner and read their lips. While less personal, texts and emails are also another good way to stay connected to one another.
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