Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We understand. These little devices are usually advertised in rather concrete terms. Less defined expressions like poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
But you might 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, the social separation that comes from untreated hearing loss can also mean separation from your partner. That means preserving intimate relationships will be just as challenging as trying to communicate with the clerk at the grocery store.
That’s not to say someone suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, enduring relationships. It’s just that doing so takes special care and well-practiced adjustments. If you’ve been losing your hearing gradually and over time, you probably haven’t matured those additional skills, subsequently, your relationships could suffer.
True intimacy, though, and improved personal relationships can come from something as simple as wearing a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive influence on your love life in the following ways.
Obviously, healthy relationships require strong communication (though, it is sometimes harder to practice than it is to preach). Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with strong communication permitting stronger emotional connections and reducing arguments.
But hearing loss can compound regular communication roadblocks in the process making a difficult task much more difficult.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most beneficial:
- You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. Let’s be honest, it’s not pillow talk if you have to yell. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
- Your boosted stamina will make it easier to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you exhausted from straining to communicate. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and stimulating.
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 everyone for your benefit. But if you are unable to hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could lead to resentment.
A hearing aid can help preserve 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! You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing back stories and adventures to share.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
There are a thousand ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a bit easier. Maybe, 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 need help when you hear them stumble on the floor. When you hear your partner grumbling under their breath, you have an opportunity to ask what’s bothering them.
These may sound small and maybe even unimportant. But these little gestures, taken together, will demonstrate to your partner that you are compassionate and committed. They demonstrate your level of care. And that’s what partners are supposed to do! A hearing aid makes that much easier to achieve because you’ll pick up on 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 moments. And let’s be truthful, those quiet sounds are part of the fun of romance. 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
Every issue with your relationship won’t be fixed using a hearing aid, clearly. Nor is it impossible to experience intimacy with hearing loss. Hearing aids will make specific elements 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 might be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. A hearing aid can return needed romance to your relationship so schedule an appointment right away.