Five tips for online dating with hearing loss
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DO find the best communication method for you When it came to communication in my early relationships, we tended to talk a lot over text.
In person, however, we were able to speak much as other couples spoke. The only differences were that all my ex-girlfriends were aware that it was better for them to walk on my right so that I could hear, and face me so that I could lip-read. As a teen, you tend to want solitude with your significant other whilst dating, and that, of course, is a great environment for those of us with hearing loss to communicate with others!
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How video chat can transform relationships for people with hearing loss The key, when getting to know someone, is to let them know your needs. The first of them is to be upfront about who you are and what your struggles are. By not being yourself right out of the box, you let someone fall in love with an idea of yourself rather than who you truly are, as well as setting the stage for misunderstandings and fights further down the line. Assuming, of course, that faux-you is successful in attracting someone!
DO take the time to know yourself and be the best person you can be Focus not on who completes you, but on the things you enjoy, your passions, your interests. See, the thing that attracts other people, mostly, is confidence. You need to love yourself before you can love someone else completely. Hopefully, this memorable impression demonstrated my ability to apologize quickly and not get kicked out. Brynne admitted later, she knew she was in for an adventure unlike anything she experienced.
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Sometimes this can be physically draining for me, even with my cochlear implant. You are a regular person. This is who you are. There is nothing wrong with you. I mean, both my grandfathers were hard of hearing, I didn't even realize it was thought of as a disability.
My friend whose hearing is about the same as yours, we just stand on certain sides when we're walking and he occasionally relocates himself or reminds me.
It's on the same level of effort for me as "pass the soup. Ahh, that is the trick. Don't compare yourself to anyone or anything. Just be you and you will be fine. Self acceptance and self compassion are the foundation. Be kind to yourself. The thing is, I spent all of my 20s and a little of my 30s feeling this way.
I have no disabilities. This thinking, as I think you somewhat recognize, is a disordered pattern that has just managed to grab a tangible "thing" your cochlear implant as "evidence" to prove its disorderedness correct.
In other words, your hearing issues are a red herring. You could substitute any source of potential insecurity and have the same outcome. I'm kinda tired of striving and achieving and having accomplished so much despite the bullshit I've had to deal with, and yet feeling like my social and love lives are lagging behind A recurring theme on Ask Me dating questions, probably because MeFi is a magnet for high-achieving folks in general, is basically, "I'm a high achiever, why can't I Unlock Relationship Level.
They're messy, they don't obey you, and they don't have much to do with "deserve. You have control over your actions and your choices and literally nothing else at all. The good part is it isn't a race: You can honestly do whatever you like. And hey, you're moving soon. Ahem is it possible you are flipping your shit about dating because it's safer than confronting your insecurities about the new prestigious school program?
I know how hard it is to turn off Achieve Mode. Tell yourself, "You know what? I'm probably just gonna meet someone awesome at school anyway.
It's a thought experiment I've had some success with in the past: How would you be as a person if you knew, for a fact, that you'd meet the Love Of Your Life at age 32?
If you knew that no matter what, things would work out fine, what kind of life would you lead right now?
We're all a little different and have flaws and qualities. What you're describing sounds like fairly typical 20something dating in SF.
If anything, it's likely your inexperience or lack of confidence holding you back. A lot of men would love to be financially settled, handsome, and smart, even if they had to trade some of their hearing for it. Keep in the game and build your experience and self confidence. You might also look at match. And the rest of us are only temporarily abled.
I know it's hard, but as a "normal" who's dated people with various disabilities, it's really not a big deal from my side. And remind them, because while it's a major life-affecting thing for you, it's probably not something your acquaintances will remember right off the bat. I've been dating someone six months and I can't remember which ear is his bad one - it is really not a thing I think about unless I notice he's having a hard time following conversation.
And yeah, all the advice about dating being a numbers game. Meet people when you want to, see them again when you want to, try not to put pressure on yourself. Agreed with the above that the casual tossing-it-out-there in your profile may lead to uncertainty with people who aren't very familiar with hearing technology. I don't know what you literally wrote, but I found your AskMe intro here to be really great as a summary. If I were reading your profile I would be happy with something like: It can be tough to have conversations in really loud places but generally it's no problem.
I'd feel a lot more prepared going in, rather than finding out on the spot and feeling inconsiderate for picking a loud restaurant, or not knowing what to say about it. I know you're anonymous here but feel free to send me a MeMail if you'd like a lady's opinion of your profile. The fact that you're so successful is a testament to your character and is admirable.
I wouldn't have any reservations about dating you. You have this achievement narrative in your head you're bringing to the table and your dates probably do, too. That's another layer of bullshit blocking your ability to connect only it's not obvious and workable like your hearing difficulty.
You and your dates are shopping for well-qualified humans like Seamless orders while repeating mantras like "it's a numbers game" and "put yourself out there. Whether or not you are "good enough" in the sense of career or looks or hearing has little to do with your skill in establishing intimacy with others and too many dates might make you lose touch with those skills.
You'll spend so much emotional and mental effort trying to fake confidence for people you don't know, and you'll fail anyway when they inevitably sense that you would glom onto them if they showed you enough attention, just because you feel like you don't have other options, and then your confidence is lower than where you started.
The only way out is to get out of the online dating pool for now, and into some other social context where you feel at ease and engaged communicating.
Obviously that's not Meetup groups etc. Really, it's not just you or your hearing.
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Dating is really hard right now for many people in your demographic and I'm sure you have it harder than someone with perfect hearing, but everyone is bringing some amount of this bullshit "good enough" cultural baggage to the table that is horribly reinforced by online dating. The alternative is still time consuming and frustrating but you've already put in hundreds of hours on dates that went nowhere.
Might as well sink a few hundred into a different, more incremental approach. It doesn't even really matter what that approach is as long as it's not one that will reinforce the "good enough" narrative. Blimey that's a huge number. I'm wondering if you've perhaps overcompensated in your profile and are attracting all sorts of people who are really not well matched.
Stop worrying about your implant, that's just nothing like deal you're making it. I would tighten up your profile a whole lot more in order to get just the odd date every now and then. Being more selective will dramatically increase the chance that the dates you get will go somewhere. Assuming that's what you're aiming for, of course. And he's definitely my first choice! Something you probably haven't learned yet due to your lack of serious relationship experience: That is why people make jokes like "marriage is about finding that one special person to annoy you for the rest of your life.
On the first date, just briefly explain that you're partially deaf but they can do X, Y, and Z to help you understand them better.
I honestly can't imagine anyone seeing it as a dealbreaker. I'm pretty sure most women would rank it far below "never puts the toilet seat down" as something that would bother them.
I think your lack of dating success likely has more to do with demographics than anything.
The Bay Area has a very high single men to single women ratio. It's possibly the worst place in the country to be a single heterosexual man. Hopefully the ratio at your new school will be better for you. In fact as someone with no physical hearing issues but some amount of sensory processing ones I'd prefer that! I also did a metric crapton of online dating in my 20s and 30s and am still single at 40, as are many of my friends, so I think that part of it is just sort of a "them's the breaks" kind of thing.
I don't think any of us who are single have any worse personalities than friends who are married, it just hasn't happened for us yet for whatever reason. I also dated a guy with hearing aids in my thirties. That relationship ended because we lived in different cities and the logistics required staying over at one or the other's house, a ten hour long first date in a city neither of us lived in made getting a relationship off the ground just too intense and overwhelming.
It didn't have anything to do with the fact that he sometimes needed me to repeat stuff. So while I wouldn't say that you're wrong to be worried I'm mean there are definitely people out there who rule out people to date for all kinds of dumb reasonsI will say that your online dating experience is very similar to mine, so I think you can ascribe most of it to just being the nature of the beast.
My sentence above should read "I mean there are definitely," instead of "I'm mean," which I hope I am not! Online dating is hard. Add a disability to that, and the challenge level goes up several notches.
I'm not sure if you're looking for commiseration or advice, but I just came here to offer some encouragement of the hang-in-there variety. I think part of your challenge may have to do with your age. I think you will find that as you move into your 30's, people will be more open to exploring differences and less likely to see your hearing problems as a deal-breaker. You will also begin to know yourself better and be open to exploring new things. I don't wear a cochlear implant, but I do wear dual hearing aids and have all of the communication problems you described.
When dating in my 20s and 30s, I found that a certain percentage of people were just not ultimately comfortable with my hearing loss, even when they initially said it was fine for them. Who knows why people decide not to see you again when it seems to be going well, but I suspect that my hearing issues were the cause of some of my breakups. Having said that, I went for long stretches without dating, and the hearing problems didn't stop me from finding and having a few good relationships.
I eventually met someone in my late 30's who became my husband, and obviously, he doesn't see my hearing problems as a deal-breaker. But I am aware of the stigma that many people see.
It really comes down to getting to know people well enough for them to see past the device and to see you for the full human that you are.
The reason dating is hard is that on the very first date, your disability is visible and is immediately up for judgment, long before people get a chance to know all the other things about you.
It isn't fair, but that's how it is. There's lots of different kinds of disability out there, but there's also lots of people who have no physical disabilities, who find it hard to relate to those who do.