Deafs Review

Deafs is a strange name to me. I think of deaf as an adjective, not a noun. At any rate, it’s a dating site for deaf people, or those with assistant listening systems and devices (ALS/ALD). Sometimes online dating sites, especially in specialized niches, don’t tailor anything to their target market. Luckily, this site is better than most when it comes to meeting the needs of its members. It’s been customized to suit the needs of those who would be most interested in using its services and its extra features help to build a strong sense of community.

When creating a profile on Deafs.com, many questions are standard to most sites. There’s the usual personal essay section to provide more details about you and some checkboxes regarding your level of deafness. You could also be a hearing person with experience in sign language or a CODA (child of deaf adult). You can select American sign language (ASL) as a spoken language, but no other signing languages are offered as options, so it’s far from a complete list.

“You can refer friends to the site and if 10 of them register through the link in your referral email, you get a month of premium membership for free.”

A dating site is only as strong as its ability to find someone special. That person should be easily found from among all the members who don’t quite fit what you’re looking for. This site limits its free searches too much. Sure, there’s the issue of the 100-mile radius limit until you upgrade, which then allows you to get results from within 50 miles of home. However, the real issue is that only paid members can filter based on their match’s deafness level and I think that should be free. You also can’t see last login info before paying.

You also need to upgrade to enjoy features like the daily deaf news and to initiate email and instant messaging. Paid members can also watch “deaf” videos and thanks to a few free samples, I now know what that means. It’s almost like a video message board with discussions between members. There are lots of free extras too. For example, you can read the deaf forums and some personal blogs. Most importantly, it is free to reply to emails and instant messages from paid members.

There are a number of ways to get free full access. You can refer friends to the site and if 10 of them register through the link in your referral email, you get a month of premium membership for free. They can also pay you cash, or give you up to six months of free access if you make a really great suggestion on how to improve their site. Finally, someone can give you a premium subscription as a gift. Deafs has limited visitors, but you can check it out for free before committing to a monthly fee.

Deaf Singles Connection Review

DeafSinglesConnection.com is aimed toward deaf and hearing-impaired singles. Living with any disability can be a challenge, so it helps to join a community where you can be sure that other members will be empathetic, not merely sympathetic, to the obstacles of everyday life. Without the same perspective, people can be well-meaning but misguided in their efforts to include you and often feel uncomfortable addressing the situation with humor.

One woman on Deaf Singles Connection cleverly wrote, “If interested message me ’cause I’m hard of hearing.” Obviously, she gets “it” and feels she’s in the company of other people who get “it,” too. Read through the message boards and you’ll see plenty of equally humorous as well as poignant posts regarding dating and dealing with others around you in the hearing world or within the hearing-impaired community.

“Living with any disability can be a challenge, so it helps to join a community where you can be sure that other members will be empathetic, not merely sympathetic, to the obstacles of everyday life.”

The process to create a profile is rather standard, but you can select your native language as ASL or BSL. Everything else is par for the course. Despite my misgivings about profile systems that don’t “force” or coerce subscribers to disclose much, the people on this site seem to have voluntarily completed with above-average consistency all the optional informational fields provided.

The first thing to do is try to make at least a few tentative contacts. I suggest trying an online “smile” at someone or an e-card to demonstrate your attraction to a person’s appealing description. Like any great site that aims for a feeling of community, there are message boards you can read for free to see what the other folks are like.

Upgrade your membership to join live chat rooms, post on message boards or to use instant messaging. Obviously, if you pay, you can send and receive email, too, but I’m mentioning it separately to highlight the fact that if you send a message to a free subscriber a reply requires that the other member upgrades, which considerably limits your chances of making contact.

Deaf Singles Connections has some compatibility features, too. Take a personality test to determine what color-coded type you are and with whom you have the most in common. Their matchmaking system uses a series of completed and percentage-rated factors in determining whom you would most like to meet. You’ll receive offsite emails with lists of profiles best fulfilling the resulting criteria.

The site has seen a small increase in its number of visitors. I think one thing that helps is that they’ve lowered their already competitive price, so that it’s even lower. You will notice some ads on the site, but personally if it’s a way to pay less, I’m okay with that. Visit Deaf Singles Connection to meet deaf and hearing-impaired men and women and their peers.