Five Tips for Dating with Hearing Loss

Dating with Hearing Loss

The dating world can be a scary place. It can be tough under any circumstances. What should I wear? Where will we go? Will I get a second date?

For people with hearing loss, dating can pose additional challenges. Luckily, a little planning can go a long way toward giving you confidence in the dating scene.

Here are five tips for successful dating with hearing loss.

1. Choose an ideal location

Your location is probably the most important consideration for a successful date. Scope-out ideal spots beforehand so you’ll be prepared when the opportunity for a date arises. Look for places – like restaurants, coffee shops or bars – with good lighting for lip reading and a quiet ambiance.

2. Get creative with date ideas!

A one-on-one dinner at home or a walk in the park can be an unexpected and romantic date. It’ll be much quieter than a night out on the town, and might even be more memorable, too. Don’t be shy about suggesting something special!

3. Arrive early
If you’re having a date at a restaurant or bar, arrive early. Choose a spot away from any noisy tables or the kitchen. Minimize background noise as much as possible so you can best enjoy your partner.

4. Disclose your hearing loss upfront
Talking about your hearing loss is always a personal decision. But consider posting it on your online dating profile or letting your Valentine know that he or she might need to repeat words due to your hearing loss.

5. Communicate effectively after the date
Some partners love to talk on the phone. With hearing loss, video chats over FaceTime or Skype are a great option if you lip read. While less personal, email and texting in between dates also works well.

Dating has its ups and downs, even if you don’t wear hearing aids! By following these tips and keeping a positive attitude. If you currently have hearing loss and have not gotten help, don’t be afraid to do so. The tests are easy and painless. Today’s hearing aids are sleek, sophisticated and sometimes downright sexy since they will improve many aspects of all your relationships.

What tips do you have for successful dating with hearing loss? Share your thoughts with Audiology Services of Marin with two convenient locations in Greenbrae, California by contacting us online or calling us today at 415-461-9703!