I was born hard-of-hearing. Growing up with this was tough. However, what really destroyed my self-confidence was not that I couldn’t hear normal, but that I had this little “accent” due to the hearing impairment. Words are pronounced differently. I am sure some of you guys have this issue, too.
Growing up in my teens and up into college, I never really had a problem dating. Despite my handicap and speech issues, I was actually asked out by a few women! However, more than once it may have been because of the ‘accent’…I guess it sounded exotic to a few. I’ve been asked many times “where are you from?”. Most think I am Italian or Greek. It hurt for me to tell them I was hearing impaired, hence the accent. However, I so want to lie and say I’m from Italy
So I stayed single (by choice) for 8 years since college and now I’m getting ready to settle down. The problem is that I can’t get the self-confidence back to ask women out.
Do you guys find it easier to date women the older you get, despite the hearing issue? Or, was it easier in college for you? Maybe everyone was young and dumb back then…so things come by easier. Oh I just turned 30…but feeling left out and that I need to start getting with the program and find a significant other, lol. But I’m one of those guys that is not sure whether I want to marry…freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.
Sorry for my ramblin’s…