I am married, but if I were single, I wouldn't care if the person I dated was deaf. (I'm hearing, so is hubby) It just doesn't matter to me if a person is haring, deaf, tall, short, walking, or in a wheelchair.
More important to me is if a guy (or girl, I am bi) is funny, kind, and smart. I am a total geek, so I need someone who can challenge me. I want intellegent conversation, I don't care what language that conversation is in!
Honestly, dating (or since I'm married now, being friends with) someone who has had different life experiences than me is more interesting than someone who is just like me. That's just one reason I love my hubby, he was raised differently, in a different part of the country, and he is 11 yrs my senior. Our differences make our relationship more interesting-we have mroe to teach each other, and in turn, more to learn!
Like I said, I am a geek, so I love to learn. I am utterly curious about anything and everything. I love meeting new people who hav new things to teach me. You lived in Thailand for 5 years? Awesome, tell me all about yourself. You use a wheelchair? Awesome, tell me all about yourself. You are hearing/Deaf? Awesome, tell me all about yourself. If you want to talk about what makes you different, awesome! Want to talk about your favorite books? Awesome!
People are inherantly interesting. Once you see that differences make us interesting, and stop being scared of the unkown, life is much more fun!