Deaf-Hearing Marriage

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  1. drdistance

    drdistance New Member

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    Hi! I am in a Deaf-hearing marriage and I am wondering how you all feel about "mixed" marriages.

    If you are in a Deaf-hearing marriage, how did your family or friends feel about it?

    Are there any challenges you dealt with?

    Do you have any tips for success you can share?

    What ways do you think Deaf-hearing marriages are different from Deaf-Deaf maariages?
     
  2. lilylover72

    lilylover72 I love purple! Premium Member

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    My husband is hearing and I am deaf. We have wonderful marriage. We do have problem sometimes but we know how handle this. We don't care what family or people think about us. They never dare tell us what they think because they respect us. My family and his family accept us.
     
  3. Freaky Cat

    Freaky Cat New Member

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    I wouldnt know cuz i am never married so hope more of the others would answer your questions! :)
     
  4. diehardbiker

    diehardbiker Active Member

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    Please do not take me hard. But, FYI when I was in college doing research on deafies. I dropped my jaw when I learn the fact. at least 85% of deaf-hearie marriage ended up divorce within 5 years! I know some hearie-deafies have long marriage. Just that there is majority of them meaning not all of them didn't come out all based on culture conflicts.
     
  5. XBGMER

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    HONESTLY, I REALLY hate to say in some negative comments, in the Fact, hearning and deaf marriages/ couples won't be the long LASTING! Add my comment, I had experinces in marriage with previous hearing.. I would tell you but it is long story.. forget it! YOU GO THRU IT & SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.. YOU WILL BE BIG REGRETS FOR SURE... but GOOD LUCK to you all!
     
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    Yea, like I said 85% went divorce within 5 years!


     
  7. ScubaladyTx

    ScubaladyTx New Member

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    Yeah, I utdy.....what ya means...


    but Love can beat than anything..Love is very power!

    Depends on individually....

    Remmy that no one perfect in marriage... Marriage is about "commitment."


    It isnt about deaf/hearing..... I know that hard part is "communcation" If they are very motivation to learns signs.. then great for them.

    M-:afro:
     
  8. Cheri

    Cheri Prayers for my dad. Premium Member

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    I'm fine with it, if they love each others and communication is working great, I don't see a problem with that. ;)

    my twin sister had married a hearing guy, divorce after 15 years, because he was very abusive.
    My family never mind either way, they're pretty much very accepting people. ;)

    I cannot answer the rest of the questions because I was never married before, and currently still not married. ;)
     
  9. diehardbiker

    diehardbiker Active Member

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    Communication isn't the only problem, it is the CULTURE that is another problem. Deaf world and hearing world have their own culture and some of them DO conflicts each other. There is more than you'd realize that lies under the marriage of deaf-hearies.

     
  10. ScubaladyTx

    ScubaladyTx New Member

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    Yes, I utdy what u mean....

    Deaf/hearing culture marriage- One of my good friend who is deaf lady married to hearing guy.. They are very happily married-more than 19 yrs...

    Very rare that people willing to learns their deaf/hearing cultures...

    Like I went out with my ex hearing guy for 2 1/2 yrs... he was so motivated to learned sign languages.... Just we were so different in "lifestyle" Because-He was very educated and graduated at Norte Dame and become engineer officer of airforce base and he want me be like him.. but..I dont.. cuz Im not kind of person be "succeful" Im very humble person as like ya guys.. ya know what i mean ? That's why we broke-up.... not cuz of deaf/hearing culture...

    Somehow I met my wondeful deaf husband..because of love... not point commuication or else...it is about "love"

    Not point about deaf/hearing...

    again, I m saying point is on individually.

    M-:afro:
     
  11. hohDougRN

    hohDougRN New Member

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    WooHOo! a few more months and I beat that statistic...LOL I will be married 5 yrs in April.
     
  12. shel90

    shel90 Audist are not welcome Premium Member

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    Oh really? My marriage to a hearing guy lasted for 7 years. Yay!! I beat the statistics!!!! The reason for our split was cuz he was very controlling. Nothing to do with deaf and hearing issues. My 2 best friends are married to hearing guys for almost 10 years each and still going strong. I think it is an individual thing...it is more about communication and goals rather than a cultural thing. I am sure there are a few marriages that failed due to cultural issues but a small percentage.

    I am currently married to my 2nd husband who is hearing and he and I have no issues with him being hearing and me being deaf. Yes, situations pop up but we have such great communication between us so they got solved right away.
     
  13. Chrysanthe

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    Hi ya

    Well I am deaf and married to a hard of hearing man. What a wonderful man.

    But thats not my point, anyway.... I have known many deaf-hearing couples. I learned from a lady who is hearing who is married to a deaf guy. I asked her a lot of questions about deaf-hearing marriage. She told me ONE THING about this marriage... she has to sacrifice the most more than her husband. Because she can learn sign language but deaf can't learn to be hearing. SO she knew that her husband would be left out in her community. She made big sacrifices to make her marriage to work. SO far, they are doing wonderful and have several children.

    There was also another couples, they have been married for almost 20 years. I asked the deaf wife how!?! She said she learned to adjust as long as her husband uses sign language and all. Fortunately, her husband is a Head Professor of ASL at University. You almost can't tell if he was hearing.

    And I knew a couple who are deaf and hearing, the wife is hearing she kept forcing her husband to be in her hearing world and he has to learn to be like hearing. You know what? They ended up. With a bitter divorce.

    I just think that they both have to learn to compromise in their world but remember deaf cannot learn to be hearing. That is IMPOSSIBLE.

    So thats my thought. : )
     
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  14. starrygaze

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    i don't think so but few. my ex wife is hearing and we were together married for 15 years. one thing i hate the most was she always talks on the phones all night/days. i am tired of her! i sat in front of her family for dinner i did not know what did they talk about? i kept asking her what was about. no way! they should learn how to sign with me!
     
  15. Askjo

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    Well, most deaf people do not understand the hearing world, and most hearing people do not understand the deaf world. Hearing/deaf couple in their marriage life still learn about their world. Share! Help each other! I am deaf and my wife is hearing. We celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary last month.

    I asked my wife about the question what I was asked by deaf people concerning hearing people. They think hearing people understand more than deaf people. My wife answered NO! Why? Deaf and hearing people have common lifestyles -- worldly life or christian life. However their communication is different because they seldom get hard time to understand each other during their communication -- they misunderstand each other many times. They are human being.
     
  16. Koala

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    My husband is hearing and I am deaf. We have been married for 23 yrs now and still going strong. My family and friends accept it. At first, Deaf ppl were not sure of him cos he doesn't sign and they couldn't communicate with him. Then 2 deaf guys who works with my husband (long time ago before we were married) told some Deaf ppl he is my boyfriend. After that they accepted him and welcome him.
    Many times, I go to the Deaf club or events on my own cos my hubby gets bored and I let him go out on his own to the 'boys' time out. My hubby helped me out with many things like to make a phone call on my behalf and speak on my behalf at some business places. I can speak well enough to be understood but sometimes some ppl misunderstood me cos of my deaf voice and also I have problem pronouncing some words (mostly long words). That when I grab my hubby to speak to them for me. My hubby understand me very well and knows my voice.
     
  17. armymech81

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    My wife and I have been married for over 5 years now, as of 2 days ago. Then again, we have missed most of our anny for the fact I was in the field or she was in another state due to having a kid. We where not together this year cause I am in a coupletly different country right now. We have bet the 85% and we still act like we are still the 19 year old dating couple when we 1st got together. Only difference is that I know more sign now and she has learned a lot abt patients that marrage, let alone what the army needs. We still have our problems and sometimes she swears that I am the one that is deaf, not her. Then again, we pick on each other from the time the sun comes up till the sun goes down. We have 2 beautiful kids, and thank god they got their looks from mama, together and we won't trade anything for the things we have.

    My advise for a healthy marrage is as follows:
    1. Listen to each other
    2. Allow the other have personal time
    3. Have fun together and work for the same goal
    4. Try to understand the other's point of view
    5. Remember that you have 1 kind of experence while the other half has something totally different from you.
    6. Always enjoy each other and have fun with each other
    7. Never get mad over the small stuff or the details

    And my last rule that my wife don't like is this
    Every single day, you have to embarress your better half atleast once a day and show your love infrount of everyone, not just behind the bedroom door.:fart: :Ohno:
     
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    I forgot to add, my family don't care that she is deaf. If my family did care if she was deaf, then I guess I won't have that close of a realtionship with my family. I started my own with my wife, and that is the most importent part of it.
     
  19. Liza

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    Tip. Give each other lots of space in the marriage. True for all relationships, anyway! I'm in this kind of 'mixed' marriage and just had our 4 year anniversary last week. Giving each other space made all the difference for me.

    Communication can be challenging if hearing spouse isn't good with SL, and you are a native SL user. You have to have a lot of patience, and things will be ok.

    My friends and family are ok with my hearing hb - he is a kind man. His family had a problem with him being married to a deaf woman in the beginning, though - because they didnt understand how they could communicate with me if I couldn't use voice. I'm sure they were worried I'd be very dependent on him for everything. I was "intimidating" to them. ;) Things are ok - I proved myself to them, and they all have accepted me. Their relationship with my hb became better, because I encouraged him to be nicer to them. He was kind of mean to them before. ;)
     
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    Right, need space for each other, but also need to have that communication too. But need to find that balance, too much space and not enough communication is not good, same with too much communication and not enough space
     

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