Being given a name-sign from a deaf person is rewarding and earned, something that takes a long time to get if you're a hearing person wanting to delve into the deaf community. There are a number of sites for disabled that include large deaf populations, and some popular mainstream sites predominantly used by hearing people also let you search for deaf matches. To speak with a deaf person, it's important to face them and enunciate clearly for those who can lip read. With features like chat, private messaging and member forums we've become the premier deaf matchmaking website. For the deaf person, when he or she is in an online deaf chat room, visiting one of the many deaf websites, or involved in deaf chat, there is no difference between the deaf person and anyone else online. Date spots, cuddling and lip reading in the dark For our first date, the pub we chose to meet in was one I knew was nice and quiet. I just mishear things a lot on dates. On first impressions we noticed a minor technical glitch. To get around these barriers, many deaf individuals have now turned to the Internet and online dating as a way to connect with others who face the same barriers and understand the daily issues that they face. It is the only site in this category to cater to specifically one type of sign language. A loss of hearing is related to the condition of the inner ear and whether there was a problem from birth or the hearing loss occurred much later.