Like in all relationships, a great deal of patience is needed. For someone who is deaf dating hearing people, this is second nature, but for someone who can hear entering into a relationship with someone who is hard of hearing, dating can take more forethought.Whether you are hearing-impaired or are dating a deaf person, it’s especially important to take the time to make sure that you’re communicating effectively, and at times, that can also entail careful planning. Plan for talking in environments that are best for those who are hard of hearing or deaf.
I tend to just struggle on a lot of the time, laugh when everyone else is laughing, strain to keep up and, even worse still, I apologise.
I guess I don’t want to embarrass people and make them feel like they are not including me.
If you are willing and able to do these things, there is nothing that love cannot overcome.
Jennie Williams, director of disability charity Enhance the UK, shares her awkward sex and dating moments as part of our End the Awkward campaign.
Two thirds of people who are not disabled feel awkward around disabled people.