When you think about hearing aids, intimacy most likely isn’t the first thing you consider. We get it. The advertising on these little devices is rather straightforward. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
And yet, the two are inextricably linked to the point where you may want to start thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social separation caused by hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. That means preserving intimate relationships will be just as challenging as trying to talk with the clerk at the grocery store.
Hearing loss doesn’t inevitably mean you can’t enjoy wonderful relationships and deep emotional bonds. It’s just that doing so takes particular care and well-practiced adaptations. You most likely haven’t matured those skills if your hearing loss has progressed slowly and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
Conversely, something as basic as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these priceless relationships and make true intimacy more possible. Here are some ways that hearing aids could have a positive impact on your love life.
It’s well recognized that strong communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Everybody will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication permitting stronger emotional connections and reducing arguments.
But the challenge becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can significantly hinder normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most quickly in the following ways:
- Your boosted stamina will make it easier to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you fatigued from straining to communicate. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing once again.
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it bluntly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. A hearing aid will let you enjoy more of those quiet, hushed experiences between you and your partner.
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 going on 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 protected by wearing hearing aids. Your partner won’t have to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re at a dinner party. In addition, it will be easier to continue socializing on your own! This means you’ll have stories and adventures that you can bring home to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
Your partner’s daily life will be so much easier in so many ways if you can hear clearly. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and come 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 opportunity 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 are compassionate and committed. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. A hearing aid makes that much easier to accomplish because you’ll pick up on those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you suffer from hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t detected your symptoms, it might be hard to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate occasions. And part of the pleasure of being romantic, let’s be honest, is those subtle, hushed moments. You will once again be able to experience the power of a whisper. Which means you’ll be able to enjoy the closeness of your partnership in a more powerful way.
Helping Your Relationship
To be certain, a hearing aid isn’t going to solve every problem in your relationship. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have intimacy. 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 blocks your connections, your relationships can get dicey and it can be difficult to find the reason. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.