Hearing aids and dating
Brande Plotnick holds a master’s degree and MBA from the University of Louisville.
Her career in hearing care spans sales, marketing and content creation and she enjoys helping people with hearing loss seek help and be their own advocates.
But the internet also presents a different challenge: the profile page.
The profile page is the online substitute for your in-person first impression.
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Your date will also appreciate the thought and effort you made in planning something special. Pick a spot in the corner, away from the kitchen and any noisy tables. This is a personal decision, but most of the people I know are upfront about it from the start. With hearing loss, video chat via Skype or Face Time are a great option so you can see the person’s mouth in addition to hearing their voice with your hearing aids.
Especially in today’s world of online dating where profile pictures are everything and computer algorithms are doing much of the matching. Perhaps she speaks softly or he covers his mouth with his hands. The environment is probably the most important condition for a successful date.
Scope out good spots well beforehand, so you will be prepared when a dating opportunity arises. A walk in the park, a one-on-one dinner or game night at home can be a romantic and unexpected date.
Look for venues (restaurants, bars, coffee shops) that are quieter, have good acoustics, and are well lit (to help with lip reading). It will be much quieter than a night out and may be more memorable since it is out of the ordinary. This is most important if the date is at a restaurant or bar.
If you currently have hearing loss and have not gotten help, don’t be afraid to do so. Today’s hearing aids are sleek, sophisticated and sometimes downright sexy since they will improve many aspects of all your relationships.
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It’s not uncommon for those with hearing loss to bluff their way through a date, pretending they heard everything their date said.