Re: Unique situation: HB is a deaf/mute.
I actually hit off things twice with this deaf girl that I know of. Kiss closed her and nearly started going out with her. Going through these, here is what I know of from personal experience:
1. Yes, it would be a good idea to know a little sign language, so then you can have basic interactions with her. She won't mind communication by phone, because that is what allows you to text. She will most likely do the same thing when she has a lot of content to tell you too.
2. So what she can't hear you on the radio? You have a very interesting profession. Tell her about it. I told my deaf girl all about the stuff that I did in band, and she found it interesting. It's a world that she isn't familiar with, and you have an awesome perspective on it. Expose it to her.
3. Just because she's deaf doesn't mean she doesn't like to dance. The deaf girl I know likes to dance. Teach her some dance stuff. Crank the bass up so she can feel the beat. Just do something that can expose her to your world.
4. Have her teach you some stuff then. She's smart, so try to get interactive with her world. Try to get her to show you what gets her going the most, because nearly every person in the world loves to describe the things that they are the most passionate and interested about. For her, it's knowledge.
5. That is not specific to deaf people. The girl I was with was not mindful of her own space, and we had some good physical contact on multiple occasions. If she's shy, then you just have to take things nice and easy. As Frank Sinatra says, it does it every time
My only warning to you is to think about the decision you are making. A person who can hear trying to get at a person who can't usually does not end well. It's the idea of two whole different worlds colliding with each other that makes everything feel unright. Unless you are already skilled in sign language, this might not end in your favor at the moment.
"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time." - Malcolm X