Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We understand. These little devices are normally advertised in rather concrete terms. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.
And yet, the two are inextricably connected to the point where you might want to start thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social separation that comes from untreated hearing loss can also mean separation from your partner. That means it isn’t just talking with the cashier at the supermarket that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
Hearing loss doesn’t inevitably mean you can’t enjoy beautiful relationships and deep emotional bonds. But it will be necessary to make 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 additional skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.
Conversely, something as basic as a hearing aid can quickly and easily improve these priceless relationships and make true intimacy easier. Here are some ways that hearing aids might have a positive impact on your love life.
It’s well recognized that good communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication permitting stronger emotional connections and minimizing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound regular communication roadblocks in the process making a challenging task much harder.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most helpful:
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be truthful, it isn’t pillow talk if you have to yell. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
- You’ll have more energy for communication.When you experience hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling drained. Conversations can once again be fun and stimulating.
You won’t need to use your partner as a 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 going on all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could breed resentment.
Your independence can be protected by wearing hearing aids. You won’t depend on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or translate what everyone is saying 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.
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’re able to hear more. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or perhaps you ask your partner if they’re ok when you hear them stumble on the floor. When you hear your partner grumbling under their breath, you have a chance to ask what’s bothering them.
These may sound small and maybe even insignificant. But these little gestures, taken together, will show your partner that you are compassionate and committed. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. You will have a much easier time achieving this with hearing aids which will help you pick up on more discreet audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
When you have hearing loss, especially when you haven’t noticed your symptoms, it may be difficult 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 discreet, hushed moments. You will once again be able to enjoy the power of a whisper. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more profound.
Helping Your Relationship
To be sure, a hearing aid won’t mend every issue in your relationship. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. Hearing aids will make certain aspects of your love life more pleasurable and enriching and that’s the main point here.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re scrambling to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. A hearing aid can return needed intimacy to your relationship so make an appointment right away.