When you think about hearing aids, intimacy probably isn’t the first thing you consider. We get it. These tiny devices are usually advertised in very concrete terms. Less defined expressions including poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
And yet, the two are inextricably connected to the point where you might want to start viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists discuss “social isolation due to hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. That means preserving intimate relationships will be just as difficult as trying to communicate with the clerk at the supermarket.
That’s not to say somebody suffering from 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 adaptations. You probably haven’t developed those skills if your hearing loss has progressed slowly and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
By the same token, something as basic as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these important relationships and make true intimacy easier. Hearing aids can have a positive influence on your love life in the following ways.
It’s no secret that healthy relationships call for good communication (though, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication allowing stronger emotional connections and minimizing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound normal communication roadblocks in the process making a challenging task much harder.
A hearing aid will help most quickly in the following ways:
- Your boosted energy levels will make it simpler to communicate.When you experience hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling drained. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and invigorating.
- You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. Let’s be honest, it’s not pillow talk if you have to shout. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet moments with hearing aids.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
Going out with friends won’t be all that much fun when your partner spends most of their time repeating everybody for your benefit. But if you can’t hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s not hard to imagine the kind of resentment this could cause.
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 alone to socialize will also be easier. This means you’ll have stories and adventures that you can bring home to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
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 you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids permitted you to hear the cook timer ring. Or maybe you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re okay. You will have the opportunity to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
These might sound small and perhaps even unimportant. But added together, these little gestures demonstrate your commitment and compassion. They show you care. And that will make you a quality partner. You will have a much easier time achieving this with hearing aids which will help you pick up on more subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you have hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t noticed your symptoms, it might be difficult to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic occasions. And let’s be honest, those quiet sounds are part of the fun of romance. A hearing aid will let you experience the power of a whisper again. Which means you’ll be capable of enjoying the closeness of your partnership in a more powerful way.
Helping Your Relationship
To be sure, a hearing aid won’t mend every issue with your relationship. Nor is it impossible to experience romance with hearing loss. Hearing aids will make certain aspects 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 the reason. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.