Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We get it. These little devices are normally advertised in rather concrete terms. Love, conversely, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
But you might want to begin viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device because of the strong connection between your hearing and your relationship. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social separation caused by hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. That means it’s not just chatting with the cashier at the grocery store that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
That’s not to say someone suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting relationships. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adjustments. You most likely haven’t matured those skills if your hearing loss has advanced slowly and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
By the same token, something as simple as a hearing aid can quickly and easily improve these significant 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 require good communication (though, it is sometimes harder to practice than it is to preach). Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication permitting stronger emotional connections and decreasing arguments.
But hearing loss can intensify normal communication hurdles in the process making a challenging task much harder.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most beneficial:
- Your boosted stamina will make it simpler to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you depleted from straining to communicate. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and stimulating.
- You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. Let’s be honest, it isn’t pillow talk if you have to yell. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet moments with hearing aids.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
Going out with a group of friends won’t be all that much fun when your partner spends most of their time repeating everybody for your benefit. Likewise, you won’t have a very good time if you can’t hear anything that’s happening all night. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could lead to resentment.
Your independence can be maintained by using hearing aids. 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 solo to socialize will also be easier. You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing back stories and adventures to share.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
Your partner’s life will be a whole lot easier in so many ways if you can hear more. Perhaps, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and come in to help with dinner. Or maybe you ask your partner if they’re ok when you hear them stumble on the floor. You will have the opportunity to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
All of this might not sound like much of a big deal. But added together, these little gestures show 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, especially if it has developed so gradually you didn’t even notice. And part of the fun of being intimate, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed moments. 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 profound way.
Helping Your Relationship
To be certain, a hearing aid isn’t going to mend every problem with your relationship. Nor is it impossible to experience intimacy with hearing loss. The point here is that a hearing aid will make certain elements of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re struggling 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.