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Dating a partially deaf person sign

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Once again up for debate is the seemingly age-old question: Can Deaf-hearing relationships work? Bloggers, including this one, have been weighing in with their opinions lately. A Deaf-hearing relationship can refer to a number of possible scenarios. It could be a signing, culturally Deaf person partnered with a fluent-signing CODA or hearing interpreter, or the same Deaf person partnered with a moderately fluent hearing person or with a nonsigning hearing person.

It might be an oral Deaf person with a nonsigning hearing person, or any other combination of partner backgrounds. Most people will say that the success of a Deaf-hearing relationship comes down to communication, just like it does in any other relationship.

Communication, of course, is an extremely complicated matter for Dating a partially deaf person sign couple. These differences in communication styles are difficult enough for most couples to deal with; when you have two different languages, and perhaps two different cultures, in a relationship, things can get even more complicated.

A Deaf-centered relationship basically means that both partners sign to each other, take equal responsibility for Dating a partially deaf person sign issues, and are active members of the Deaf community. Couples with Deaf-centered relationships tend to socialize mostly with other Deaf and signing hearing friends, minimizing the number of social situations in which the hearing partner ends up interpreting for the Deaf partner.

Hearing-centered relationships, in contrast, often find the Deaf person dependent upon the hearing partner for communication with nonsigning hearing friends, a situation that can create feelings of stress and frustration for both.

A listing of characteristics of Deaf-centered versus hearing-centered relationships clearly shows the differences.

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