Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We get it. These tiny devices are usually advertised in rather concrete terms. Less defined expressions like poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
But you might want to start viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device due to the strong link between your hearing and your relationship. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social separation due to hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. Which means it isn’t just chatting with the cashier at the grocery store that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.
That’s not to say somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting relationships. It’s just that doing so takes particular care and well-practiced adaptations. You probably haven’t developed those skills if your hearing loss has advanced slowly and that could mean your relationships may suffer.
True intimacy, though, and enhanced personal relationships can come from something as basic as wearing a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive affect on your love life in the following ways.
It’s no secret that healthy relationships need good communication (though, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Everybody will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication permitting stronger emotional connections and decreasing arguments.
But the challenge becomes even more evident with hearing loss which can seriously impede normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- Your boosted stamina will make it simpler to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you exhausted from struggling to communicate. With a hearing aid, conversing can be fun and energizing once more.
- The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it directly, there’s no yelling in pillow talk. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
Going out with a group of friends won’t be all that much fun when your partner spends most of their time repeating everybody for your benefit. Similarly, you won’t have a very good time if you’re unable to hear anything that’s going on all night. It’s easy to see how this arrangement could cause resentment.
A hearing aid can help protect your independence. Your partner won’t need to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re at a dinner party. And going out solo to socialize will also be easier. 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
Your partner’s life will be so much easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear more. Perhaps, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or perhaps you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re okay. When you hear your partner complaining under their breath, you have an opportunity to ask what’s the matter.
These may sound small and perhaps even unimportant. But added up, these little gestures exhibit your commitment and compassion. They show you care. And that’s what partners are supposed to do! A hearing aid makes that much easier to achieve because you’ll pick up on those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You might have a hard time hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments when you have hearing loss, especially if it has developed so slowly you didn’t even detect it. And part of the fun of being romantic, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed occasions. You will once again be able to enjoy the power of a whisper. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more profound.
Helping Your Relationship
Every issue with your relationship won’t be remedied with a hearing aid, clearly. Nor is it impossible to experience romance with hearing loss. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific elements of your love life more pleasurable and more enriching.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re scrambling to find a cause, it may 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.