Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We understand. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Less defined expressions such as poetry, music, and art are more suited to the topic of love.
But you may want to begin viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device because of the strong connection between your hearing and your relationship. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social isolation caused by hearing loss,” they’re also pointing to isolation from your partner. That means preserving intimate relationships will be just as difficult as attempting to communicate with the clerk at the grocery store.
That doesn’t mean someone suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting relationships. But it will be necessary to make some practiced adjustments and take some special care. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you likely haven’t matured those additional skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
Conversely, something as obvious as a hearing aid can quickly and easily improve these priceless relationships and make true intimacy easier. Here are just a few ways that hearing aids might have a positive affect on your love life.
Obviously, healthy relationships require strong 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 everyone feel more valued and appreciated.
But the difficulty becomes even more evident with hearing loss which can seriously impede normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- You’ll catch more of those quieter, 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 experiences between you and your partner.
- Your boosted stamina will make it easier to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you exhausted from struggling to communicate. Conversations can once again be fun and invigorating.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
Going out with a group of 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 going on all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s not difficult to imagine the kind of resentment this might cause.
Your independence can be protected by using hearing aids. Your partner won’t need 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 going out and 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.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
There are a lot of ways that hearing more might help make your partner’s life a little easier. Maybe you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids allow you to hear the cook timer ring. Or perhaps you hear your partner stumble on the floor and ask if they’re alright. You will have the opportunity to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
These may sound small and maybe even insignificant. But added together, these little gestures show your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that’s what partners are supposed to do! You will have a substantially easier time accomplishing this with hearing aids which will help you pick up on more discreet audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you have hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t detected your symptoms, it may be hard to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic occasions. And let’s be truthful, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of intimacy. 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
Every problem in your relationship won’t be fixed with a hearing aid, obviously. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific aspects of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.
So when hearing loss blocks your connections, your relationships can become dicey and it can be tricky finding a cause. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.