Your Love Life and Hearing Loss Have a Link That Might be Surprising

Older couple cuddling while sitting at the end of a dock overlooking a lake watching the sun set above mountains in the distance.

Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We get it. These tiny devices are normally advertised in rather concrete terms. Love, on the other hand, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.

And yet, the two are inextricably connected to the point where you might want to begin thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, the social isolation that comes from untreated 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 grocery store.

Hearing loss doesn’t inevitably mean you can’t enjoy wonderful relationships and deep emotional connections. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adaptations. If you’ve been losing your hearing gradually and over time, you most likely haven’t matured those additional skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.

By the same token, something as obvious as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these important relationships and make true intimacy more possible. Hearing aids can have a positive affect on your love life in the following ways.

Improved communication

It’s well recognized that strong communication skills are at the core of a healthy relationship. Taking the time to communicate can help prevent arguments, increase emotional connections, and make everybody feel more respected and appreciated.

But hearing loss can compound normal communication obstacles in the process making a difficult task much more difficult.

Here’s how a hearing aid will be most helpful:

  • You’ll have more energy for communication.When you experience hearing loss, speaking and listening can consume a lot of energy, leaving you feeling drained. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing again.
  • The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be honest, it’s not pillow talk if you have to yell. A hearing aid will let you enjoy more of those quiet, hushed moments between you and your partner.

You won’t need to use your partner as a translator

If your partner needs to repeat everything people are saying, it doesn’t make for a very romantic night. But if you can’t hear what’s going on all night, that won’t be very enjoyable either. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could breed resentment.

A hearing aid can help maintain your independence. You won’t depend on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or repeat what everyone is saying at a dinner party. Additionally, it will be easier to continue socializing on your own! 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 daily life will be a whole lot easier in so many ways if you’re able to hear clearly. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and jump in to help with dinner. Or maybe you ask your partner if they’re ok when you hear them stumble on the floor. 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 perhaps even insignificant. But these little gestures, taken together, will show your partner that you’re compassionate and committed. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a good partner. You will have a much easier time accomplishing 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 might have a difficult 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 honest, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of intimacy. A hearing aid will let you enjoy the power of a whisper again. Which means you’ll be capable of enjoying the closeness of your partnership in a more powerful way.

Helping Your Relationship

Every problem with your relationship won’t be fixed with a hearing aid, obviously. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have romance. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific elements of your love life more enjoyable and more enriching.

So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re scrambling to find a cause, it might be that your hearing loss is inhibiting your connections. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.

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