You can search profiles and see what you come up with,” she said.Haines said members of his site include the completely deaf, aging singles who are losing their hearing — even sign language interpreters who can hear but are looking for relationships with people immersed in deaf culture. But deaf-hearing relationships are apparently the exception rather than the rule, according to anecdotal evidence.(Demographic statistics on the deaf community are hard to come by; the deaf cannot easily respond to random telephone polls and they are not identified in census data.) Jamie Berke, who runs the forum on deafness issues, got divorced after her deaf-hearing marriage didn’t succeed.By coincidence, “vice president of romance” Trish Mc Dermott formerly worked as an American Sign Language interpreter, making her well-versed in the issues surrounding deaf culture. While there is no selection criteria where users can identify themselves as deaf, members can mention a desire for deaf partners in their personal description.Full-text search was recently added to the service, making it easy to find anyone who mentions “deaf” or “American Sign Language” in their personal ad.And every day, Haines said, he gets e-mail from happy users who have made new connections thanks to his site.“A lot of deaf people around the country are quite lonely.If you find several matches, you can subscribe; if you don’t, you can move on.“For everyone out there, shopping around makes a lot of sense.” ‘A language minority' Any Web site that helps deaf people find each other — and love — can be extremely important, said Patricia Murphy, director of the disabilities studies program at the University of Toledo.Mc Dermott said she had no way to know how many personals had been placed by deaf people on Match.com, but a search of the site yielded thousands of entries.Still, Mc Dermott said, there is certainly a place for the niche sites.