Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We get it. The advertising on these little devices is rather straightforward. Love, conversely, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.
And yet, the two are closely linked to the point where you might want to start thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists discuss “social separation due to hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. That means it’s not just talking with the cashier at the grocery store that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
That doesn’t mean somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing wonderful, lasting relationships. It’s just that doing so takes particular care and well-practiced adjustments. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you likely haven’t developed those additional skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and enhanced personal relationships can come from something as simple as wearing a hearing aid. Here are some ways that hearing aids could have a positive influence on your love life.
It’s well known that good communication skills are at the core of a healthy relationship. Everybody 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 difficult task much more difficult.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- Your boosted energy levels will make it easier to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you exhausted from straining to communicate. Conversations can once again be fun and invigorating.
- You’ll catch more of those softer, whispered moments. To put it directly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
Going out with a group of 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 much fun if you can’t hear anything that’s happening all night. It’s easy to see how this arrangement could breed resentment.
Your independence can be protected by using hearing aids. 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 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 a whole lot easier in so many ways if you can hear more. Perhaps, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or maybe you ask your partner if they’re ok when you hear them stumble on the floor. When you hear your partner complaining under their breath, you have an opportunity to ask what’s the matter.
All of this might 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 demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. A hearing aid makes that a lot easier to achieve because you’ll recognize those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you are dealing with hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t noticed your symptoms, it might be tough to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments. And part of the pleasure of being intimate, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed occasions. You will once more be able to experience the power of a whisper. Which means you’ll be capable of enjoying the intimacy of your partnership in a more profound way.
Helping Your Relationship
To be sure, a hearing aid won’t solve every problem in your relationship. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have romance. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific elements of your love life more pleasurable 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. A hearing aid can bring back needed romance to your relationship so schedule an appointment right away.