When you think about hearing aids, intimacy most likely isn’t the first thing you think about. We understand. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
But you may want to start looking at your hearing aid as an intimacy device due to the strong connection between your hearing and your relationship. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists discuss “social separation caused by hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. That means it’s not just talking with the cashier at the store that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.
That’s not to say someone suffering from hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting relationships. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adaptations. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you probably haven’t developed those extra skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
Conversely, something as obvious as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these important relationships and make true intimacy easier. Hearing aids can have a positive affect on your love life in the following ways.
It’s no secret that healthy relationships need good communication (though, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with strong communication allowing stronger emotional connections and reducing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound normal communication roadblocks in the process making a difficult task much harder.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- You’ll catch more of those softer, whispered moments. To put it bluntly, there’s no yelling in pillow talk. A hearing aid will let you enjoy more of those quiet, hushed moments between you and your partner.
- Your boosted stamina will make it easier to communicate.When you have hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling drained. With a hearing aid, conversing can be fun and energizing once again.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
Going out with friends won’t be all that enjoyable 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 see how this arrangement could cause resentment.
A hearing aid can help maintain your independence. Your partner won’t have to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re having dinner with friends. Additionally, it will be easier to continue going out and socializing on your own! This means you’ll have stories and adventures that you can bring back 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 could help make your partner’s life a bit easier. Perhaps, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and come in to help with dinner. Or maybe you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re okay. When you hear your partner complaining under their breath, you have a chance to ask what’s bothering them.
These might sound small and maybe even unimportant. But added up, these little gestures exhibit your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. A hearing aid makes that a lot easier to accomplish because you’ll pick up on those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You might have a difficult time hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate 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 intimacy. 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 sure, a hearing aid won’t solve every issue in your relationship. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have intimacy. Hearing aids will make certain elements of your love life more enjoyable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So when hearing loss gets in the way of your connections, your relationships can get dicey and it can be tricky finding the reason. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.