Because of the Internet, many deaf culture websites have sprung up and provide a wealth of resources for the deaf.
For the deaf person, he or she may be more comfortable dating deaf people or finding a deaf club, a deaf event or even deaf chat rooms where a person can mingle and feel comfortable among people who understand.
For deaf individuals looking to only date others who are also deaf and hard of hearing, the local community may not offer many options.
I sent a few emails to them saying ‘hey, your profile looks great, reply if you like mine’ or some other cheesy line. I arrange our first date, just a drink in a local pub. Understandably, she was nervous about meeting me – or so I thought! It couldn’t have been my face, she saw my profile picture. The next day, I sent her an email asking what I had done wrong. However, I still get an email every couple of weeks off a woman, and I have had a couple of very pleasant dates.
She arrived (which is a good start), I bought her a glass of wine and myself a pint of bitter. So off to the loo she popped……and she never came back! She replied back, apologetically and stated that she did not know I was deaf and it felt wrong to date a ‘vulnerable adult’!!
We sat down and started talking, firstly about the dating website and how we found it. Thinking back quickly through the conversation, could my job have put her off or did I inadvertently call her fat (she wasn’t)? Needless to say, I was somewhat offended and blocked her. This time, I shall tell them I am deaf before we meet. I got some views, people started messaging me and I hit it off with a few women….fantastic! ‘Just so you aware, I am deaf, but don’t worry, I can still talk and communicate with you’.
Deaf dating sites cater to deaf individuals and have large followings; allowing deaf individuals to find pen pals, individuals to date outside of their local community, and make friends all over the world.
These online dating sites allow deaf, hard of hearing and even hearing individuals to connect on the same level by using instant messaging, chat services, email, blogs, forums, and video chatting.
Deafness is defined as hearing loss, which relates directly to the volume of sound that a person is capable of perceiving.