When you imagine hearing aids, intimacy probably isn’t the first thing you think about. We understand. These little devices are usually advertised in rather concrete terms. Less defined expressions like poetry, music, and art are more suited to the topic of love.
And yet, the two are closely connected to the point where you might want to begin thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists discuss “social isolation due to hearing loss,” they’re also pointing to isolation from your partner. Which means it’s not just talking with the cashier at the grocery store that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
That doesn’t mean somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting relationships. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adjustments. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you most likely haven’t developed those extra skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and improved personal relationships can come from something as simple as using a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive impact on your love life in the following ways.
Obviously, healthy relationships call for good communication (although, it is sometimes harder to practice than it is to preach). Everybody will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication allowing stronger emotional connections and reducing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound regular communication obstacles in the process making a challenging task much harder.
A hearing aid will help most quickly in the following ways:
- Your boosted energy levels will make it simpler to communicate.When you have hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling depleted. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and invigorating.
- 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.
Your partner won’t have to be your 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 are unable to hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s not hard to imagine the type of resentment this could cause.
A hearing aid can help preserve your independence. You won’t depend on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or repeat what everyone is saying at a dinner party. Additionally, it will be easier to continue socializing on your own! This means you’ll have adventures and stories that you can bring home to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
Your partner’s daily life will be so much easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear clearly. Maybe you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids permitted you to hear the cook timer ring. Or maybe you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re alright. You will have the chance to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them grumble under their breath.
These may sound small and maybe even unimportant. But added up, these little gestures exhibit your commitment and compassion. 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 hard to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments. And let’s be honest, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of intimacy. A hearing aid will let you enjoy the power of a whisper again. Which means you’ll be capable of enjoying the intimacy of your partnership in a more powerful way.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem in your relationship won’t be fixed with a hearing aid, obviously. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have romance. Hearing aids will make certain aspects of your love life more pleasurable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So when hearing loss blocks your connections, your relationships can get dicey and it can be tricky finding the reason. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.