Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We get it. These little devices are usually advertised in very concrete terms. Less defined expressions like poetry, music, and art are more suited to the topic of love.
And yet, the two are closely connected to the point where you may want to start viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social separation that comes from neglected hearing loss can also mean isolation from your partner. Which means it isn’t just talking with the cashier at the supermarket that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
That doesn’t mean someone with hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting 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 improved personal relationships can come from something as basic as wearing a hearing aid. 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 (although, 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 everybody feel more valued and appreciated.
But the difficulty becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can significantly hinder normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- You’ll have more vitality for communication.Hearing loss can leave you depleted from struggling to communicate. Conversations can once again be fun and invigorating.
- You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. To put it directly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. A hearing aid will foster more of those quiet, hushed experiences between you and your partner.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
If your partner needs to repeat everything people are saying, it doesn’t make for a really romantic night. But if you are unable to hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s easy to see how this arrangement could breed resentment.
Your independence can be maintained by using hearing aids. 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. Additionally, 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.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
There are a lot of ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a bit easier. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or maybe you hear your partner stumble on the floor and ask if they’re alright. When you hear your partner grumbling under their breath, you have a chance to ask what’s bothering them.
All of this may not sound like much of a big deal. But these little gestures, taken together, will demonstrate to your partner that you are compassionate and committed. They demonstrate your level of care. And that’s what partners are should do! You will have a substantially easier time accomplishing 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 are dealing with hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t noticed your symptoms, it may be difficult to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic occasions. And part of the pleasure of being romantic, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed moments. A hearing aid will let you enjoy the power of a whisper again. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more profound.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem with your relationship won’t be remedied using a hearing aid, obviously. Nor is it impossible to have intimacy with hearing loss. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific facets of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re trying to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is inhibiting your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.