Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We understand. The advertising on these little devices is rather straightforward. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
But you might want to start viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device due to the strong connection between your hearing and your relationship. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social separation caused by hearing loss,” they’re also pointing to isolation from your partner. That means it isn’t just chatting with the cashier at the supermarket that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.
That doesn’t mean somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing wonderful, lasting relationships. It’s just that doing so takes particular care and well-practiced adaptations. You probably haven’t matured those skills if your hearing loss has progressed gradually and that could mean your relationships may suffer.
By the same token, something as basic as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these significant relationships and make true intimacy easier. Hearing aids can have a positive impact on your love life in the following ways.
Obviously, 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, enhance emotional connections, and make everybody feel more valued and appreciated.
But the challenge becomes even more evident with hearing loss which can seriously hinder normal communication.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most useful:
- The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it bluntly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
- Your boosted stamina will make it simpler to communicate.When you experience hearing loss, speaking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling exhausted. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing again.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
If your partner has to repeat everything people are saying, it doesn’t make for a very romantic night. But if you are unable to hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s not hard to imagine the type of resentment this might cause.
A hearing aid can help protect your independence. You won’t rely on your partner to order for you at a restaurant or translate what everyone is saying at a dinner party. And going out alone to socialize will also be easier. You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing back stories and adventures to share.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
Your partner’s life will be a whole lot easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear clearly. Perhaps you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids allow you to hear the cook timer ring. Or maybe 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.
All of this might not sound like much of a big deal. But added up, these little gestures demonstrate your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. A hearing aid makes that a lot easier to accomplish because you’ll recognize those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You may have a difficult time hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments when you have hearing loss, especially if it has progressed so slowly you didn’t even detect it. And part of the pleasure of being romantic, let’s be truthful, is those discreet, hushed moments. 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 problem in your relationship won’t be fixed using a hearing aid, clearly. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have intimacy. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific elements of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re trying to find a cause, it might be that your hearing loss is inhibiting your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.