Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We understand. These tiny devices are normally presented in rather concrete terms. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.
But you may want to start viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device due to the strong link between your hearing and your relationship. After all, the social isolation that comes from untreated hearing loss can also mean isolation from your partner. That means preserving intimate relationships will be just as challenging as trying to communicate with the clerk at the supermarket.
That’s not to say someone suffering from hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, enduring relationships. But it will be necessary to make some practiced adaptations and take some special care. You most likely haven’t matured those skills if your hearing loss has advanced gradually and that could mean your relationships may suffer.
True intimacy, though, and improved personal relationships can come from something as simple as wearing a hearing aid. Here are some ways that hearing aids could have a positive affect on your love life.
Obviously, healthy relationships need strong communication (although, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Taking the time to communicate can help eliminate arguments, enhance emotional connections, and make everybody feel more respected and appreciated.
But hearing loss can intensify regular communication roadblocks in the process making a challenging task much harder.
Here’s how a hearing aid will be most beneficial:
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it directly, there’s no yelling in pillow talk. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
- Your boosted energy levels will make it easier to communicate.When you experience hearing loss, talking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling exhausted. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing once again.
Your partner won’t have to be your 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 much fun if you can’t hear anything that’s happening all night. It’s not hard to imagine the type of resentment this could cause.
Your independence can be protected by using hearing aids. Your partner won’t have to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re 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 life will be so much easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear clearly. 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 need help when you hear them stumble on the floor. When you hear your partner complaining under their breath, you have an opportunity to ask what’s bothering them.
These may sound small and maybe even insignificant. 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! You will have a much easier time achieving this with hearing aids which will help you detect more discreet 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, particularly if it has developed so slowly you didn’t even detect it. And let’s be honest, those quiet sounds are part of the fun of intimacy. 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 powerful.
Helping Your Relationship
Every problem with your relationship won’t be fixed using a hearing aid, clearly. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have intimacy. Hearing aids will make specific elements 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 might be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.