When you think about hearing aids, intimacy most likely isn’t the first thing you consider. We understand. 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 closely linked to the point where you may want to start viewing your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social separation that comes from neglected hearing loss can also mean isolation from your partner. That means it’s not just talking with the cashier at the supermarket that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.
Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy beautiful relationships and deep emotional connections. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adaptations. You probably haven’t developed those skills if your hearing loss has advanced gradually and that could mean your relationships might suffer.
True intimacy, though, and improved personal relationships can come from something as basic as wearing a hearing aid. Here are some ways that hearing aids might have a positive influence on your love life.
Obviously, healthy relationships call for strong communication (though, it is sometimes 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 respected and appreciated.
But the difficulty becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can severely hinder normal communication.
A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:
- Your boosted energy levels will make it simpler to communicate.When you have hearing loss, speaking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling depleted. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing again.
- You’ll catch more of those softer, whispered moments. Let’s be honest, it isn’t pillow talk if you have to yell. A hearing aid will foster more of those quiet, hushed moments between you and your partner.
Your partner won’t have to be your translator
If your partner has to repeat everything being said, it doesn’t make for a really romantic evening. Likewise, 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 might cause.
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 solo to socialize will also be easier. This means you’ll have stories and adventures that you can bring home to your partner, enriching your relationship in the process.
Your partner’s needs will be more accessible to you
There are a lot of ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a bit easier. Perhaps, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and come in to help with dinner. Or maybe you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re okay. When you hear your partner grumbling under their breath, you have a chance to ask what’s the matter.
These may sound small and maybe even insignificant. But added up, these little gestures demonstrate your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. You will have a much easier time achieving this with hearing aids which will help you pick up on more subtle audio cues.
You won’t miss the power of a whisper
You may 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 detect it. And let’s be truthful, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of intimacy. A hearing aid will allow you to enjoy the power of a whisper again. Which means you’ll be able to enjoy the closeness of your partnership in a more powerful way.
Helping Your Relationship
Every issue in your relationship won’t be remedied using a hearing aid, obviously. Nor is it impossible to have romance with hearing loss. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific elements of your love life more pleasurable and more enriching.
So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re trying to find a cause, it might be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. A hearing aid can return needed romance to your relationship so make an appointment as soon as possible.