When you think about hearing aids, intimacy most likely isn’t the first thing you consider. We understand. These little devices are usually presented in rather concrete terms. Less defined expressions like poetry, music, and art are more suited to the topic of love.
And yet, the two are inextricably 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 talk about “social isolation due to hearing loss,” they’re also pointing to isolation from your partner. That means it isn’t just chatting with the cashier at the store that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.
Hearing loss doesn’t inevitably mean you can’t enjoy beautiful relationships and deep emotional connections. It’s just that doing so takes particular care and well-practiced adaptations. If you’ve been losing your hearing gradually and over time, you likely haven’t matured those additional skills, subsequently, your relationships could 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 affect on your love life in the following ways.
It’s well recognized that good communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Everyone will feel more appreciated and valued with strong communication allowing stronger emotional connections and minimizing arguments.
But hearing loss can intensify regular communication roadblocks in the process making a difficult task much more difficult.
A hearing aid will help most quickly in the following ways:
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be honest, it’s not pillow talk if you have to yell. A hearing aid will foster more of those quiet, hushed experiences between you and your partner.
- You’ll have more vitality for communication.Hearing loss can leave you depleted from struggling to communicate. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing once more.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
Going out with friends won’t be all that much fun when your partner spends most of their time repeating everybody 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 breed resentment.
A hearing aid can help preserve your independence. Your partner won’t need to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re at a dinner party. And going out solo to socialize will also be easier. This means you’ll have adventures and stories that you can bring home to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
Your partner’s life will be a whole lot easier in so many ways if you can hear clearly. Perhaps, thanks to your hearing aids, you hear the timer go off and come in to help with dinner. Or perhaps you hear your partner stumble on the floor and ask if they’re alright. You will have the opportunity to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
These may sound small and perhaps even unimportant. But these little gestures, taken together, will demonstrate to your partner that you’re compassionate and committed. They show you care. And that’s what partners are should do! A hearing aid makes that much easier to achieve because you’ll recognize those sometimes subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You might have a tough time hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic moments when you have hearing loss, particularly if it has developed so slowly you didn’t even notice. And part of the pleasure of being romantic, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed moments. You will once again 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 powerful way.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem in your relationship won’t be solved with a hearing aid, obviously. 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 scrambling to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is inhibiting your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.