When you think about hearing aids, intimacy most likely isn’t the first thing you think about. We understand. These tiny devices are usually advertised in very concrete terms. Love, conversely, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.
And yet, the two are closely connected to the point where you might want to begin viewing 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 it isn’t just chatting with the cashier at the supermarket that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy wonderful relationships and deep emotional bonds. But it will be necessary to put in place some practiced adaptations and take some special care. If you’ve been losing your hearing gradually and over time, you likely haven’t developed those additional skills, subsequently, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and enhanced personal relationships can come from something as simple as wearing a hearing aid. Here are just a few ways that hearing aids could have a positive affect on your love life.
It’s well known that strong communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Everybody will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication allowing stronger emotional connections and reducing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound normal communication roadblocks in the process making a challenging task much harder.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most useful:
- You’ll catch more of those softer, whispered moments. Let’s be truthful, it’s not pillow talk if you have to shout. A hearing aid will foster more of those quiet, hushed moments between you and your partner.
- Your boosted energy levels will make it easier to communicate.When you experience hearing loss, speaking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling drained. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing once again.
Your partner won’t have to be your 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’re unable to hear anything that’s happening all night. It’s easy to see how this arrangement could breed resentment.
A hearing aid can help preserve your independence. 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. You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing home stories and adventures to share.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
Your partner’s daily life will be a whole lot easier in so many ways if you can hear clearly. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and come in to help with dinner. Or perhaps you hear your partner stumble 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 grumble under their breath.
All of this may not sound like much of a big deal. But these little gestures, taken together, will show your partner that you’re compassionate and committed. They show you care. And that will make you a good partner. A hearing aid makes that a lot easier to achieve because you’ll pick up on those sometimes discreet audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You might have a tough time hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments when you have hearing loss, particularly if it has progressed so slowly you didn’t even detect it. And part of the fun of being intimate, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, quiet occasions. A hearing aid will allow you to enjoy the power of a whisper again. Which means you’ll be capable of enjoying the closeness of your partnership in a more powerful way.
Helping Your Relationship
To be sure, a hearing aid won’t fix every problem in your relationship. Nor is it impossible to have intimacy with hearing loss. The point here is that a hearing aid will make certain elements of your love life more pleasurable and more enriching.
So when hearing loss gets in the way of your connections, your relationships can become dicey and it can be tricky finding the reason. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.