Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We understand. These little devices are normally advertised in rather concrete terms. Less defined expressions including poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
And yet, the two are closely connected to the point where you may want to begin thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social isolation that comes from untreated hearing loss can also mean isolation from your partner. That 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.
That’s not to say someone with hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, enduring relationships. It’s just that doing so takes special care and well-practiced adjustments. If you’ve been losing your hearing gradually and over time, you probably haven’t matured those additional skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and enhanced personal relationships can come from something as simple as wearing a hearing aid. Here are some ways that hearing aids could have a positive influence on your love life.
Obviously, healthy relationships need strong communication (though, 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 the challenge becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can seriously interfere with normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most quickly in the following ways:
- You’ll catch more of those softer, whispered moments. To put it directly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. A hearing aid will let you enjoy more of those quiet, hushed moments between you and your partner.
- Your boosted stamina will make it simpler to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you depleted from straining to communicate. Conversations can once again be fun and stimulating.
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. Similarly, you won’t have much fun if you’re unable to hear anything that’s going on all night. It’s not hard to imagine the type of resentment this might cause.
Your independence can be protected by using hearing aids. You won’t depend on your partner to order for you at a restaurant or repeat what everyone is saying at a dinner party. And going out solo to socialize will also be easier. You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing back 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 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’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 grumble under their breath.
These might sound small and maybe even unimportant. But added up, these little gestures show your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a quality 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
When you suffer from hearing loss, especially when you haven’t noticed your symptoms, it may be tough to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic moments. And part of the fun of being romantic, let’s be honest, is those subtle, quiet 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 profound.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem with your relationship won’t be remedied using a hearing aid, obviously. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have intimacy. Hearing aids will make specific elements of your love life more enjoyable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re scrambling to find a cause, it might be that your hearing loss is inhibiting your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.