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.
“Because I’d waited so long for it.” But her boyfriend Owen, who was with her when they switched the device on, wasn’t so sure. In the past few years, implants have become increasingly sophisticated.
But, as the technology has improved, and long-term outcomes have become apparent, this attitude has slowly started to change.
Also, I am finding my tinnitus really distracting while having sex, I don’t know why.
Do you have any ideas on ways to put my fears and bothers to rest?
I have spent enough time on dating and have met men from all backgrounds. I have many single deaf friends who would love to find someone special but some of them have been overlooked because they are deaf.
Some of my dates have gone into the abyss of my memories, some were horrifying!
Then the audiologist flicked a switch and voices gradually began to fill her ears. Adults who had been deaf all their lives were not considered suitable, first because they had learnt to manage their disability, and second because they were able to communicate quite proficiently using sign language and lip reading.
It made me think if the non-disabled have ideas of all the myths that prevents them from dating us, hence the blog on busting the myths! (Apologies for the rude content a bit further down…) MYTH 1 WOAH!
I have sat through many of my dates and can count on one hand when it has been awkward.
Suddenly, thousands of people who thought they would spend their whole lives deaf are contemplating a very different future.
“It’s important it’s not just children,” says Suzanne Harrigan, a speech therapist for The Ear Foundation, a group for cochlear implant patients.