Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We get it. These little devices are usually advertised in very concrete terms. Love, conversely, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.
And yet, the two are inextricably linked to the point where you may want to start thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social isolation that comes from neglected hearing loss can also mean isolation 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 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 adjustments. If you’ve been losing your hearing slowly and over time, you likely haven’t matured those additional skills, subsequently, your relationships could suffer.
Conversely, something as simple as a hearing aid can quickly and easily improve these significant relationships and make true intimacy more possible. Here are just a few ways that hearing aids could have a positive influence on your love life.
It’s no secret that healthy relationships call for strong communication (though, it is often harder to practice than it is to preach). Taking the time to communicate can help eliminate arguments, increase emotional connections, and make everyone feel more valued and appreciated.
But the challenge becomes even more evident with hearing loss which can seriously hinder normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- You’ll have more vitality for communication.Hearing loss can leave you exhausted from struggling to communicate. With a hearing aid, conversing can be fun and energizing again.
- The quieter, whispered moments won’t get lost. To put it bluntly, there’s no shouting in pillow talk. You and your partner will enjoy those hushed quiet experiences with hearing aids.
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. But if you are unable to hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could cause resentment.
A hearing aid can help maintain your independence. 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. This means you’ll have adventures and stories that you can bring home to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs
Your partner’s daily life will be so much easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear more. Perhaps you jump up 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. You will have the opportunity to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them complain under their breath.
These might sound small and maybe even insignificant. But added up, these little gestures demonstrate your commitment and compassion. They show you care. And that will make you a good partner. 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 hard time hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments when you have hearing loss, especially if it has progressed so slowly you didn’t even notice. And let’s be truthful, those quiet sounds are part of the fun of romance. 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 powerful.
Helping Your Relationship
Every issue in your relationship won’t be fixed with a hearing aid, obviously. Nor is it impossible to experience romance 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 trying to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. A hearing aid can return needed intimacy to your relationship so schedule an appointment right away.