Dating service for hard of hearing

But there’s something a little more important about these new services that are attracting thousands of single deaf people seeking companionship and love, experts say.Web site developer Christiaan Marais wasn’t considering a new career when he started “He was trying to get back into the dating scene,” Marais said.

I always like to have a wall behind me if possible. They post it on their online dating profiles and let their dates know that they might ask them to repeat themselves because of their hearing loss. Texting and email also work well in between dates, but can be less personal.Comfortable with technology The site is run as a second business by Haines, who’s first job is United, a firm that sells assistive technologies to the deaf community.Online dating is a natural fit for the deaf, he said.Deaf Match is the older of the two sites, but not by much; it launched in 2001.Founder Paul Haines says the site has nearly 4,000 members, including about 1,000 who pay a month to be “deluxe” members.Already, he said, three couples credit Deaf Match International with their weddings.

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