Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We understand. These little devices are usually presented in rather concrete terms. Less defined expressions including poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
And yet, the two are inextricably connected to the point where you may want to begin viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social separation due to hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. Which means it isn’t just talking with the cashier at the store that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
That’s not to say someone suffering from hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting relationships. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adaptations. You most likely haven’t developed those skills if your hearing loss has advanced gradually and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
True intimacy, though, and improved personal relationships can come from something as basic as wearing a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive influence on your love life in the following ways.
It’s no secret that healthy relationships need strong communication (although, it is sometimes harder to practice than it is to preach). Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with strong communication allowing stronger emotional connections and decreasing arguments.
But the challenge becomes even more evident with hearing loss which can seriously impede normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it directly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
- You’ll have more vitality for communication.Hearing loss can leave you exhausted from struggling to communicate. With a hearing aid, conversing can be fun and energizing again.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
Going out with a group of friends won’t be all that much fun when your partner spends most of their time repeating everyone for your benefit. But if you are unable to hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could cause resentment.
Your independence can be preserved by wearing hearing aids. You won’t depend on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or translate what everyone is saying at a dinner party. And going out solo to socialize will also be easier. This means you’ll have stories and adventures that you can bring back to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
There are a lot of ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a little easier. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and come in to help with dinner. Or perhaps you ask your partner if they need help when you hear them stumble on the floor. You will have the opportunity to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them grumble under their breath.
These might sound small and perhaps even unimportant. But these little gestures, taken together, will show your partner that you’re compassionate and committed. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a quality partner. You will have a substantially easier time achieving this with hearing aids which will help you detect more subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you suffer from hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t noticed your symptoms, it may be difficult to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic moments. And let’s be honest, those quiet sounds are part of the fun of romance. A hearing aid will let you enjoy the power of a whisper again. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more powerful.
Helping Your Relationship
Every issue in your relationship won’t be remedied with a hearing aid, obviously. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific facets of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re struggling to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.