And the above listed items are a combination of my own personal experience, the experience of others (those with bad hearing and those with normal hearing as well) and conversations with my various audiologists throughout the years.
Web site developer Christiaan Marais wasn’t considering a new career when he started “He was trying to get back into the dating scene,” Marais said.
“We were talking about online dating, and I said, ‘You should try one of these sites.’ ” His father was reluctant, Marais said, because it’s hard to find other deaf users on the larger dating sites.
Haines said members of his site include the completely deaf, aging singles who are losing their hearing — even sign language interpreters who can hear but are looking for relationships with people immersed in deaf culture. But deaf-hearing relationships are apparently the exception rather than the rule, according to anecdotal evidence.
(Demographic statistics on the deaf community are hard to come by; the deaf cannot easily respond to random telephone polls and they are not identified in census data.) Jamie Berke, who runs the forum on deafness issues, got divorced after her deaf-hearing marriage didn’t succeed.
She likes the niche sites, citing the difficulty for single deaf people to find each other.
She considered trying the larger dating sites after her divorce, Berke said, but decided they wouldn’t work for her.
Anyway, I sincerely hope that this bit of posting might help some of you remember how to handle yourself if you find yourself having to speak with a person who has a hearing problem.
They will appreciate your effort to no end believe me.
And every day, Haines said, he gets e-mail from happy users who have made new connections thanks to his site.