Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We understand. These little devices are usually advertised in very concrete terms. Love, conversely, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
And yet, the two are closely linked to the point where you may want to begin viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social isolation that comes from neglected hearing loss can also mean separation from your partner. That means maintaining intimate relationships will be just as difficult as attempting to talk with the clerk at the store.
That’s not to say someone with hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, enduring relationships. But it will be necessary to make some practiced adaptations and take some special care. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you likely haven’t developed those additional skills, subsequently, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and enhanced personal relationships can come from something as basic as using a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive impact on your love life in the following ways.
Obviously, healthy relationships require good communication (though, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Taking the time to communicate can help avoid arguments, increase emotional connections, and make everybody feel more respected and appreciated.
But the challenge becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can severely impede normal communication.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most beneficial:
- You’ll catch more of those softer, whispered moments. Let’s be truthful, it’s not pillow talk if you have to yell. A hearing aid will foster 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 fatigued 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 everyone for your benefit. Likewise, you won’t have a very good time if you can’t hear anything that’s going on all night. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could cause resentment.
A hearing aid can help maintain your independence. You won’t rely on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or translate what everyone is saying at a dinner party. In addition, it will be easier to continue socializing on your own! You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing home stories and adventures to share.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
There are many ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a little easier. Perhaps, 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. When you hear your partner complaining under their breath, you have an opportunity to ask what’s bothering them.
These might sound small and maybe even unimportant. But these little gestures, taken together, will show your partner that you are compassionate and committed. They show you 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 discreet audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you are dealing with 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 intimate occasions. And part of the pleasure of being intimate, let’s be truthful, is those discreet, quiet occasions. A hearing aid will allow you to 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
To be sure, a hearing aid won’t solve every problem in your relationship. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have romance. Hearing aids will make certain elements of your love life more pleasurable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So when hearing loss gets in the way of your connections, your relationships can become dicey and it can be difficult to find a cause. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.