Although Abigail earned herself Matt's First Impression Rose, she has yet to receive a one-on-one date with Matt, and so she's been feeling a little discouraged.
"Does he not want to explore our relationship? Reality is just slapping me in the face right now," Abigail lamented in a confessional.
Abigail explained to Matt during a group date that she really liked him but was afraid to disappoint him. Abigail explained that if she and Matt started a family, there's a good chance their children could be born deaf -- and she feared Matt may leave her as a result.
Matt assured Abigail that he admired her and the more she opened up to him made the idea of having a future together even more encouraging and enticing.
"It was extremely courageous of Abigail to share that with me. She was extremely vulnerable with me and opened up about the things that keep her up at night, the things she worries about and ultimately things she would want to share with her husband," Matt explained.
"I'm looking for someone who is going to push me and challenge me and make me a better person, and I think Abigail does that."
Until viewers can watch more of Matt and Abigail's love story unfold on The Bachelor, let's learn some things about the bachelorette right now.
Below is a list of nine facts Reality TV World has compiled about Abigail Heringer.
Abigail's decision to apply for The Bachelor was spontaneous
Abigail's mother Suzie Heringer told a local Salem newspaper, the Statesman Journal, her daughter applied for The Bachelor "on a whim" and the decision was a bit "out of character" for Abigail.
Suzie says Abigail was ultimately afforded the chance to compete for Matt's heart on the show because Abigail was furloughed from her job due to the coronavirus pandemic and had a lot of free time on her hands in Fall 2020.
Abigail is the first hearing-impaired person The Bachelor has ever had
Abigail and her older sister Rachel were both born with congenital hearing loss, according to the Statesman Journal.
Abigail reportedly underwent cochlear implantation surgery at age two at Oregon Health & Science University and the procedure was a success.
The newspaper reported that when Rachel was two years old, she was the youngest patient to undergo cochlear implantation surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.
Two years old was the earliest age possible at the time to undergo the procedure per FDA guidelines.
Abigail's family has strong ties to Oregon
Abigail's parents still live in Salem, where her father Weston Heringer III works as a pediatric dentist, according to the Statesman Journal.
Abigail's older sister Rachel is reportedly her roommate and an account manager for an insurance company in Portland.
Abigail also has two younger brothers, Alistair, a freshman at Oregon State University, and Stuart, a high school senior who attends Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota.
Abigail's mother Suzie Heringer initially thought a reality show isn't a great way to meet your forever person, but Abigail's family was reportedly supportive overall of her decision to compete on The Bachelor.
Abigail's family figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity she couldn't pass up.