Dating with Hearing Loss: the Good, the Bad, and the Stories that Make You Say, “What?”

Ha! I thought this was funny. Darth Vader, indeed. I remember sometimes hearing myself as Darth Vader during an adjustment period to new hearing aids. I haven’t dated much, but definitely have experience the rejection mentioned here, which is why I haven’t dated much.

Open Ears

The audiologist will tell you many things when you get your first hearing aid. Keep it dry and don’t wear it with wet hair. Put it in a desiccating box, and change the gel packs every six weeks. Blue stickers mean the left ear, and red stickers mean the right. Come back once a year to get it re-adjusted to your latest decibel range. Cover it up to keep from getting sweaty during sports practice. Always leave your hearing aid at home when going to the beach. Clean off the wax as often as you can so the microphone does not get clogged. No one can hear anything if their hearing aid is full of wax.

Absent from this long list of warnings are instructions on how to proceed through the infamous dating game with a hearing loss. Already, dating and romance are full of difficulties and anxieties that make even the…

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