When you imagine hearing aids, intimacy most likely isn’t the first thing you think about. We get it. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Less defined expressions like poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
But you might want to begin looking at your hearing aid as an intimacy device because of the strong link between your hearing and your relationship. After all, the social isolation that comes from untreated hearing loss can also mean separation from your partner. Which means it isn’t just talking with the cashier at the grocery store that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
That doesn’t mean somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing wonderful, enduring relationships. But it will be necessary to make some practiced adjustments and take some special care. 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.
By the same token, something as simple as a hearing aid can quickly and easily improve these priceless relationships and make true intimacy easier. Here are some ways that hearing aids might have a positive influence on your love life.
It’s well recognized that strong communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Taking the time to communicate can help prevent arguments, enhance emotional connections, and make everyone feel more respected and appreciated.
But the challenge becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can significantly hinder normal communication.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most beneficial:
- The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be truthful, it isn’t 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 easier to communicate.When you have hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling drained. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing once more.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
If your partner needs to repeat everything being said, it doesn’t make for a very romantic evening. But if you can’t hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could cause resentment.
A hearing aid can help protect your independence. Your partner won’t have to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re having dinner with friends. In addition, it will be easier to continue going out and socializing on your own! You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing home stories and adventures to share.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
There are a thousand ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a little easier. Maybe you jump up and help with dinner because your hearing aids let you hear the cook timer ring. Or maybe 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 a chance to ask what’s the matter.
These may sound small and perhaps even unimportant. But these little gestures, taken together, will show your partner that you’re 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 pick up on more subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You may have a difficult time hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments when you have hearing loss, especially if it has developed so gradually you didn’t even detect it. And let’s be truthful, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of intimacy. 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 profound way.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem in your relationship won’t be solved with a hearing aid, obviously. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. Hearing aids will make certain aspects of your love life more enjoyable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So when hearing loss gets in the way of your connections, your relationships can get dicey and it can be difficult to find a cause. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.