When you imagine hearing aids, intimacy probably isn’t the first thing you think about. We understand. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
But you might want to start looking at your hearing aid as an intimacy device due to the strong link between your hearing and your relationship. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists discuss “social separation due to hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. Which means it’s not just talking with the cashier at the supermarket that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
Hearing loss doesn’t inevitably mean you can’t enjoy beautiful relationships and deep emotional bonds. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adaptations. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you probably haven’t developed those extra skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
By the same token, something as obvious as a hearing aid can quickly and easily improve these priceless relationships and make true intimacy more possible. Hearing aids can have a positive impact on your love life in the following ways.
It’s no secret that healthy relationships need good communication (though, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Taking the time to communicate can help prevent arguments, improve emotional connections, and make everybody feel more respected and appreciated.
But hearing loss can intensify normal communication obstacles in the process making a difficult task much more difficult.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most beneficial:
- You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. Let’s be truthful, it isn’t pillow talk if you have to yell. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet moments with hearing aids.
- You’ll have more vitality for communication.When you experience hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling exhausted. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and stimulating.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
If your partner needs to repeat everything being said, it doesn’t make for a really romantic evening. But if you can’t hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s easy to see how this arrangement could breed resentment.
A hearing aid can help protect your independence. Your partner won’t have to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re having dinner with friends. In addition, it will be easier to continue socializing on your own! You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing home stories and adventures to share.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
Your partner’s life will be so much easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear clearly. Perhaps, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or maybe you ask your partner if they’re ok when you hear them stumble on the floor. You will have the chance to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
All of this may not sound like much of a big deal. But these little gestures, taken together, will show your partner that you’re compassionate and committed. They show you care. And that will make you a quality partner. You will have a much easier time accomplishing this with hearing aids which will help you pick up on more discreet audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You may have a tough time hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic moments when you have hearing loss, especially if it has progressed so slowly you didn’t even notice. And let’s be honest, those quiet sounds are part of the fun of intimacy. A hearing aid will allow you to experience the power of a whisper again. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more powerful.
Helping Your Relationship
Every issue with your relationship won’t be remedied using a hearing aid, clearly. Nor is it impossible to experience romance with hearing loss. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific aspects of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.
So when hearing loss gets in the way of your connections, your relationships can get dicey and it can be tricky finding the reason. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.