One of the benefits of working with an exclusive Audiologist like Dr. Michelle is getting advice that is gleaned from many years of working with high-profile patients who have successful, visible careers. She understands the many pressures that hearing difficulties can introduce into people’s lives and relationships.

Dr. Michelle is able to offer some of the tips below for people who are dating someone with hearing difficulties. If this applies to you, read on. If you are hard of hearing, this may be an article that you want to casually offer your new or existing partner, so they begin to get a clearer picture of what it is like to date someone with your life circumstances.


Practical considerations

Thinking about how your partner is experiencing the world is a way to win the relationship gold medal in any relationship. However, it is vital for creating a lasting and supportive bond with someone who is hard of hearing. For example, on a practical level, if they want to be able to read your lips, you need to know which side you should stand on for the best chance of being heard.

If your date has reduced hearing, noisy environments could make normal communication difficult for them. You may want to avoid these for a first date or if you want to have lots of conversation. If you are both eager to go to an event with lots of noise, you might have to agree on some alternative ways to communicate beforehand. For example, you could use a text-to-speech app on your phone. You talk to it and then you can show the message to your partner.


Maintain equality

This might sound counterintuitive, but you may need to let go of the idea of “helping” the person you are dating early on. It’s natural to want to become their interpreter and ensure that they understand everything that is being said, especially if they have no hearing ability at all. However, they are not looking for a caregiver, they are looking for a date and someone who sees them as an equal.

People with hearing difficulties are certainly having a different experience of the world than people with full hearing, but it’s not necessarily lesser or something they need help with. Ask them if they want support and accept with grace if they say no.

If you feel like they could have an easier time of it with a different approach, it’s better to talk to them about seeking professional hearing support rather than stepping into the role yourself.


Apply for a visit

Dr. Michelle, Florida’s leading Audiologist, is always happy to see couples come along for a hearing test in Miami. When someone has the support of their partner, it makes living with hearing challenges so much easier. It can create a great relationship if you work well together. When your partner applies online to become a patient with Dr. Michelle, they can choose a package that supports their hearing needs as well as your relationship.

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Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D

Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D., is Florida’s leading doctor of audiology and has over 25 years of experience in this dynamic industry. Before setting up her own business in Florida & Central America, she served as a pediatric audiologist and rehabilitative services manager at the Miami Children’s Hospital. She has worked with patients of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds during her long and diverse career, and she is still heavily involved in international humanitarian projects, helping hearing-impaired children globally.