I only felt this intimidated in the beginning when he took me to public deaf events or places (e.g., The Ohio School for the Deaf).
Eventually, his friends questioned whether or not I was deaf because my ASL skills reflected the "deaf" kind of sign language.
After two years, our relationship was fake to me; I wasn't interested in him as someone in a relationship should be.
Being able to hear is a gift, a gift that many of us take for granted every single day of our lives.
I started my online dating phase fresh out of a long-distance relationship with someone who was in the military, and had no plans of ever returning home (he wanted to stay in Europe).