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Dating, Relationships, Marriage… and Hearing Loss: FULL SURVEY RESULTS

February 16th, 2014 by | Tags: , | Comments Off

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey on Dating, Relationships, Marriage… and Hearing Loss.  The wait is over!  Though we published an infographic featuring some of the results as part of our Valentine’s Day feature, here are the complete results of the survey, with analysis.  Enjoy!

 

First, we asked survey respondents to share some basic demographic information about themselves, their hearing loss, and relationship status.

Total Respondents n= 192

I am…

deaf 65%

hard of hearing 35%

 

I use…

Bilateral cochlear implants 35%

Unilateral cochlear implant 26%

One cochlear implant, one hearing aid 25%

Bilateral hearing aids 11%

Unilateral hearing aid 2%

Baha .5%

ABI .5%

 

How do you communicate?  (check all that apply)

Listening and spoken language 97%

Sign language (ASL or other) 24%

Cued Speech 2%

 

Which of the following best describes your current relationship status?

Single, not dating 34.5%

Dating casually 11%

Dating in a long-term relationship 15%

Married/in a domestic partnership 39%

Widowed .5%

 

IF SINGLE OR DATING: I prefer to date people who…

Have hearing loss 8%

Do not have hearing loss 20%

It doesn’t matter to me 72%

 

IF MARRIED: I married someone who…

Has typical hearing and does not work in a hearing-related field or have relatives with hearing loss 75%

Has typical hearing and works in a hearing-related field or has relatives with hearing loss 11%

Has hearing loss 14%

 

When do/did you tell potential dates about your hearing loss?

Before dating 53%

On the first date 30%

On the second date or later 17%

 

In the next section of the survey, we asked respondents to rate how much they agreed/disagreed with a series of statements about dating and relationships.

 

Having hearing loss made dating more difficult.

Strongly disagree 14%

Disagree 12%

Neutral 21%

Agree 35%

Strongly Agree 18%

 

People with typical hearing are hesitant to date someone with hearing loss.

Strongly disagree 13%

Disagree 18%

Neutral 27%

Agree 34%

Strongly Agree 8%

 

Communication barriers made dating more difficult for me.

Strongly disagree 20%

Disagree 21%

Neutral 11%

Agree 31%

Strongly Agree 17%

 

My hearing loss was a consideration when choosing places to go for dates.

Strongly disagree 17%

Disagree 10%

Neutral 15%

Agree 38%

Strongly Agree 20%

 

I feel that my dates/partners learned more about hearing loss.

Strongly disagree 4%

Disagree 8%

Neutral 16%

Agree 28%

Strongly Agree 44%

 

I have met dates through hearing loss organizations.

Strongly disagree 51%

Disagree 13%

Neutral 23%

Agree 7%

Strongly Agree 6%

 

Analysis

Here are some trends we noticed when crunching the data:

  • Respondents reported that they communicated using sign language were more likely to prefer to date people with hearing loss and more likely to agree/strongly agree with the following statements: people with typical hearing are hesitant to date someone with hearing loss, communication barriers made dating more difficult.
  • When asked to self-identify their hearing loss,  79% of respondents with bilateral cochlear implants chose “deaf” and 21% chose “hard of hearing.”  Though these respondents are, in the strictest audiological terms, profoundly deaf, it is interesting to see changes in how people view their functioning with and without hearing devices.

 

Written by

Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

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