Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We get it. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Less defined expressions such as poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
But you might want to start viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device due to the strong link between your hearing and your relationship. After all, the social separation that comes from neglected hearing loss can also mean separation from your partner. That means it’s not just chatting with the cashier at the supermarket that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.
That’s not to say somebody with hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing wonderful, 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 likely haven’t matured those extra skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
By the same token, something as simple as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these priceless relationships and make true intimacy easier. Here are some ways that hearing aids might have a positive affect on your love life.
It’s well known that strong communication skills are at the core of a healthy relationship. Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with strong communication permitting stronger emotional connections and minimizing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound normal communication roadblocks in the process making a challenging task much more difficult.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be truthful, it’s not pillow talk if you have to shout. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
- Your boosted energy levels will make it simpler to communicate.When you have hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling depleted. With a hearing aid, conversing can be fun and energizing once more.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
If your partner needs to repeat everything people are saying, it doesn’t make for a very romantic evening. But if you can’t hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could lead to resentment.
Your independence can be preserved 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. This means you’ll have adventures and stories that you can bring back to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
Your partner’s daily life will be so much easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear more. Maybe you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids allow you to hear the cook timer sound. Or perhaps you ask your partner if they’re ok when you hear them stumble on the floor. You will have the chance to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them grumble under their breath.
All of this might not sound like much of a big deal. But added together, these little gestures demonstrate your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. A hearing aid makes that much easier to achieve because you’ll recognize those sometimes discreet audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you have hearing loss, especially when you haven’t detected your symptoms, it may be hard to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic occasions. And let’s be honest, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of romance. A hearing aid will allow you to experience the power of a whisper again. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more powerful.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem in your relationship won’t be solved using a hearing aid, obviously. Nor is it impossible to experience romance with hearing loss. Hearing aids will make specific aspects of your love life more enjoyable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re struggling to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is inhibiting your connections. A hearing aid can return needed intimacy to your relationship so schedule an appointment as soon as possible.