I was curious about how to approach the entire process with my hearing loss, but there isn't a whole lot of information online. So these are my general thoughts about househunting, and my own experiences.
One consideration for me was how much the homes echoed. Of course, empty rooms echo more than rooms filled with furniture, but if an echo is pretty bad I anticipated it might continue to be a problem later on. We ran into two homes that had a noticeable echo. When I mentioned the acoustics, I found out our realtor also has a hearing loss, a profound loss in her left ear. It made me wish I had mentioned my own deafness sooner.
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The layout of the house was also something I didn't think much about when first looking, but which became apparent as I looked. I like the open floorplan so that I can be aware of where people are, where to look, and also so that it's easier to hear. The house we are planning to buy has an open living room/dining room/kitchen area that is really nice and will allow me to easily have conversations with people in any of those three rooms.
The process with the bank has been great for me so far because everything has been handled through email. The mortgage officer, our realtor, and even our inspector communicate almost entirely through email, which is great for me.
Does anybody else have any thoughts about house hunting while deaf? How easy is it to find an interpreter or a realtor that knows sign language?