Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We understand. The advertising on these little devices is rather straightforward. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
And yet, the two are inextricably linked to the point where you may 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 isolation from your partner. That means maintaining intimate relationships will be just as challenging as trying to talk with the clerk at the grocery store.
That’s not to say somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing wonderful, lasting relationships. But it will be necessary to make some practiced adaptations and take some special care. You most likely haven’t matured those skills if your hearing loss has advanced slowly and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
Conversely, something as obvious as a hearing aid can quickly and easily improve these important relationships and make true intimacy easier. Hearing aids can have a positive impact on your love life in the following ways.
It’s well recognized that good communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Taking the time to communicate can help eliminate arguments, enhance emotional connections, and make everyone feel more respected and appreciated.
But hearing loss can intensify normal communication hurdles in the process making a difficult task much more difficult.
A hearing aid will help most quickly in the following ways:
- The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. 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’ll have more vitality for communication.Hearing loss can leave you exhausted from straining to communicate. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and stimulating.
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 are unable to hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s not hard to imagine the kind of resentment this could cause.
A hearing aid can help preserve your independence. Your partner won’t have 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. You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing back 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 little easier. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or perhaps you hear your partner stumble on the floor and ask if they’re okay. When you hear your partner grumbling under their breath, you have a chance to ask what’s the matter.
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 show you care. And that’s what partners are supposed to do! A hearing aid makes that a lot easier to accomplish because you’ll recognize those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you have hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t detected your symptoms, it might be difficult to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic occasions. And part of the pleasure of being intimate, let’s be honest, is those subtle, quiet moments. You will once more be able to experience the power of a whisper. Which means you’ll be able to enjoy 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 intimacy. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific aspects of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.
So when hearing loss blocks your connections, your relationships can get dicey and it can be tricky finding a cause. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.