Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We get it. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.
And yet, the two are inextricably connected to the point where you might want to start thinking of 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 preserving intimate relationships will be just as challenging as attempting to talk with the clerk at the store.
Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy wonderful relationships and deep emotional bonds. 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, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and improved personal relationships can come from something as simple as using a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive influence on your love life in the following ways.
It’s well known that strong communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Taking the time to communicate can help avoid arguments, improve emotional connections, and make everybody feel more valued and appreciated.
But the difficulty becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can seriously interfere with normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be honest, it isn’t pillow talk if you have to yell. A hearing aid will let you enjoy more of those quiet, hushed moments between you and your partner.
- You’ll have more energy for communication.When you experience hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling exhausted. With a hearing aid, conversing can be fun and energizing again.
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 very romantic evening. But if you are unable to hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could cause resentment.
A hearing aid can help maintain 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.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
There are many ways that hearing more might help make your partner’s life a little easier. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or maybe you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re okay. You will have the chance to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
These may sound small and maybe even unimportant. But added up, these little gestures show your commitment and compassion. They show you care. And that will make you a quality partner. You will have a substantially easier time accomplishing this with hearing aids which will help you detect more subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You may have a hard time hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic moments when you have hearing loss, particularly if it has developed so gradually you didn’t even notice. And part of the fun of being romantic, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed moments. A hearing aid will allow you to enjoy the power of a whisper again. Which means you’ll be able to enjoy the closeness of your partnership in a more profound way.
Helping Your Relationship
Every issue with your relationship won’t be remedied using a hearing aid, clearly. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific elements 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 getting in the way of your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.