When you think about hearing aids, intimacy probably isn’t the first thing you think about. We understand. These little devices are usually advertised in rather concrete terms. Less defined expressions such as poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.
But you may want to begin viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device because of 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. Which means it isn’t just chatting with the cashier at the store that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.
That doesn’t mean someone with hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, enduring relationships. But it will be necessary to put in place some practiced adaptations and take some special care. You most likely haven’t matured those skills if your hearing loss has advanced slowly and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
By the same token, something as simple as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these significant relationships and make true intimacy easier. Hearing aids can have a positive impact on your love life in the following ways.
It’s well recognized that strong communication skills are at the core of a healthy relationship. Taking the time to communicate can help eliminate arguments, increase emotional connections, and make everybody feel more respected and appreciated.
But hearing loss can intensify regular communication obstacles in the process making a difficult task much harder.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most useful:
- You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. To put it directly, there’s no yelling in pillow talk. 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 have hearing loss, speaking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling exhausted. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and invigorating.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
If your partner has to repeat everything people are saying, it doesn’t make for a really romantic night. Similarly, you won’t have a very good time if you can’t hear anything that’s going on all night. It’s not difficult to imagine the type of resentment this might cause.
Your independence can be maintained by using hearing aids. You won’t rely on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or translate what everyone is saying at a dinner party. And going out solo 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 life will be so much easier in so many ways if you can hear more. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and come 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 perhaps even insignificant. But added together, these little gestures show your commitment and compassion. They show you care. And that’s what partners are should do! A hearing aid makes that much easier to achieve because you’ll pick up on those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You may have a hard time hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments when you have hearing loss, especially if it has developed so slowly you didn’t even notice. And part of the pleasure of being intimate, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed occasions. A hearing aid will let you experience the power of a whisper again. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more profound.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem with your relationship won’t be remedied using a hearing aid, clearly. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. The point here is that a hearing aid will make certain elements of your love life more enjoyable 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.