Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We understand. These tiny devices are usually presented in very concrete terms. Less defined expressions including poetry, music, and art are more suited to the topic of love.
But you might want to start 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 neglected hearing loss can also mean separation from your partner. That means maintaining intimate relationships will be just as difficult as trying to communicate with the clerk at the store.
That’s not to say somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t capable of forming deep bonds or of experiencing wonderful, enduring relationships. It’s just that doing so takes special care and well-practiced adaptations. You probably haven’t developed those skills if your hearing loss has progressed slowly and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
True intimacy, though, and improved personal relationships can come from something as basic as using a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive influence on your love life in the following ways.
Obviously, healthy relationships need good communication (although, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Taking the time to communicate can help prevent arguments, increase emotional connections, and make everyone feel more respected and appreciated.
But hearing loss can intensify regular communication obstacles in the process making a challenging task much harder.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most useful:
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it bluntly, 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 simpler to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you depleted from struggling to communicate. With a hearing aid, conversing can be fun and energizing once again.
You won’t need to use your partner as a translator
If your partner has to repeat everything being said, it doesn’t make for a really romantic evening. But if you can’t hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s not difficult to imagine the kind of resentment this could cause.
Your independence can be maintained 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. Additionally, it will be easier to continue going out and socializing on your own! This means you’ll have stories and adventures that you can bring home to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
There are many ways that hearing more might help make your partner’s life a bit easier. Perhaps you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids allow you to hear the cook timer sound. Or perhaps you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re alright. When you hear your partner complaining under their breath, you have an opportunity to ask what’s the matter.
All of this may not sound like much of a big deal. But these little gestures, taken together, will demonstrate to your partner that you are compassionate and committed. They show you care. And that’s what partners are should do! A hearing aid makes that a lot easier to achieve because you’ll pick up on those sometimes subtle 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 difficult to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments. And part of the fun of being romantic, let’s be honest, is those subtle, quiet moments. You will once more 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
Every issue in your relationship won’t be solved using a hearing aid, obviously. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have intimacy. The point here is that a hearing aid will make certain facets 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 might 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.