Dating can be hard enough when you have to worry about chemistry and compatibility. Adding hearing loss and the communication issues that come with it into the mix can make the process feel overwhelming. Luckily there is no need to get frustrated. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, below are some tips to have a successful date with hearing loss.
Determine When to Disclose Your Hearing Loss
This is a personal decision. Some people wait until they’ve gotten to know someone, while others choose to be straight forward, letting their potential dates know right away. We recommend being honest early, allowing you to screen out those who cannot handle your hearing loss from the very start.
Choose the Right Location for Your Hearing Loss
Going out to the newest bar or restaurant may seem like a good idea for a first date, but often these locations are noisy and dark. Do some research beforehand, and don’t be shy about suggesting where to go. You’ll want to pick a quieter place that has good acoustics and is well lit. Cellphone apps like SoundPrint can help you determine a location with minimal background noise.
You should also think outside of the box. Instead of opting for a traditional date spot, suggest going for a walk or cooking your date dinner at home. Not only does this put you in a better listening environment, but your date will appreciate the extra effort you put into planning a special evening.
Make Sure Your Hearing Aids Are Ready
Before you leave, make sure your hearing aids are charged and you have any extra accessories like batteries or a personal microphone with you. The last thing you want is for your hearing aid to go dead when the conversation is just getting interesting.
Check in with Yourself
Do you think you’ll feel comfortable asking your date to repeat themselves? While this is just a normal part of living with hearing loss, you may feel awkward with someone you don’t know well. It is normal to miss things, especially when in a noisy restaurant. If your date starts to get frustrated or opts for “never mind” rather than repeating or rephrasing what they said, maybe they are not destined for a second date.
This Valentine’s Day, your Texas ENT & Allergy audiologist wants you to date with confidence. To learn more about treating your hearing loss, contact Texas ENT & Allergy and schedule an appointment.