When you think about hearing aids, intimacy most likely isn’t the first thing you consider. We understand. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.
And yet, the two are closely linked to the point where you may want to start thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social separation that comes from neglected hearing loss can also mean isolation from your partner. Which means it isn’t just chatting with the cashier at the grocery store that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.
That’s not to say someone with hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing wonderful, lasting relationships. But it will be necessary to make some practiced adjustments and take some special care. 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 using a hearing aid. Here are some ways that hearing aids could have a positive influence on your love life.
It’s well recognized that strong communication skills are at the core of a healthy relationship. Everybody will feel more appreciated and valued with strong communication allowing stronger emotional connections and minimizing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound normal communication obstacles in the process making a difficult task much harder.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- You’ll have more vitality for communication.Hearing loss can leave you fatigued from struggling to communicate. Conversations can once again be fun and stimulating.
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be honest, it’s not pillow talk if you have to yell. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet moments with hearing aids.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
Going out with friends won’t be all that enjoyable when your partner spends most of their time repeating everybody for your benefit. But if you can’t hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s not hard to imagine the kind of resentment this might cause.
Your independence can be maintained by wearing hearing aids. Your partner won’t need 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! 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
Your partner’s life will be so much easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear clearly. Maybe you jump up and help with dinner because your hearing aids allow you to hear the cook timer ring. Or perhaps you ask your partner if they need help 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 might not sound like much of a big deal. But added up, these little gestures show your commitment and compassion. They show you care. And that will make you a good partner. You will have a substantially easier time achieving this with hearing aids which will help you detect more discreet audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you have hearing loss, especially when you haven’t detected your symptoms, it may be difficult to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments. And part of the pleasure of being intimate, let’s be honest, is those discreet, hushed occasions. You will once more be able to experience the power of a whisper. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more powerful.
Helping Your Relationship
To be sure, a hearing aid isn’t going to mend every problem in your relationship. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. Hearing aids will make certain elements of your love life more enjoyable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So when hearing loss gets in the way of your connections, your relationships can get dicey and it can be tricky finding a cause. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.