Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We get it. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Less defined expressions including poetry, music, and art are more suited to the topic of love.
And yet, the two are closely connected to the point where you might want to begin thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social separation 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 talk with the clerk at the store.
That’s not to say somebody with hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, enduring relationships. But it will be necessary to put in place some practiced adjustments and take some special care. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you most likely haven’t matured those extra skills, subsequently, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and enhanced personal relationships can come from something as simple as using a hearing aid. Here are just a few ways that hearing aids could have a positive affect on your love life.
It’s no secret that healthy relationships require strong communication (though, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Taking the time to communicate can help eliminate arguments, increase emotional connections, and make everyone feel more valued and appreciated.
But hearing loss can intensify normal communication roadblocks in the process making a challenging task much more difficult.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most helpful:
- Your boosted stamina will make it simpler to communicate.When you experience hearing loss, talking and listening can take a lot of energy, leaving you feeling depleted. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing once again.
- The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it directly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. A hearing aid will let you enjoy more of those quiet, hushed moments between you and your partner.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
If your partner has to repeat everything people are saying, it doesn’t make for a very romantic evening. But if you can’t hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could breed resentment.
Your independence can be preserved by wearing hearing aids. Your partner won’t need to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re having dinner with friends. And going out solo 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 a thousand ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a little easier. Maybe you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids let you hear the cook timer sound. Or maybe you hear your partner stumble on the floor and ask if they’re alright. You will have the opportunity to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
All of this may not sound like much of a big deal. But added together, these little gestures exhibit your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good 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 might have a difficult 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 detect it. And let’s be truthful, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of romance. You will once more be able to enjoy the power of a whisper. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more powerful.
Helping Your Relationship
To be sure, a hearing aid won’t fix every issue with your relationship. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have romance. 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 scrambling to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. A hearing aid can bring back needed intimacy to your relationship so make an appointment as soon as possible.