Hearing Health Blog

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Intimacy isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We get it. These tiny devices are normally presented in very concrete terms. Less defined expressions such as poetry, music, and art are more suited to the subject of love.

But you may want to start looking at your hearing aid as an intimacy device because of the strong link between your hearing and your relationship. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists discuss “social isolation caused by hearing loss,” they’re also pointing to isolation from your partner. That means it isn’t just talking with the cashier at the store that becomes more difficult, it’s also maintaining your most important and intimate relationships.

That’s not to say someone with hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, enduring relationships. But it will be necessary to make some practiced adjustments and take some special care. If you’ve been losing your hearing gradually and over time, you probably haven’t developed those extra skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.

Conversely, something as obvious as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these priceless relationships and make true intimacy easier. Hearing aids can have a positive affect on your love life in the following ways.

Improved communication

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

But the difficulty becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can significantly impede normal communication.

A hearing aid will help most rapidly in the following ways:

  • You’ll catch more of those softer, whispered moments. Let’s be truthful, 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.
  • Your boosted energy levels will make it simpler to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you fatigued from straining to communicate. With a hearing aid, chatting can be fun and energizing once again.

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

Going out with friends won’t be all that enjoyable when your partner spends most of their time repeating everyone for your benefit. Similarly, you won’t have much fun if you’re unable to hear anything that’s going on all night. It’s not difficult to imagine the type of resentment this could cause.

A hearing aid can help preserve your independence. You won’t depend on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or translate what everyone is saying at a dinner party. In addition, it will be easier to continue socializing on your own! You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing home 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 can hear clearly. Perhaps you jump up and help with dinner because your hearing aids let you hear the cook timer ring. Or perhaps you ask your partner if they’re ok when you hear them stumble on the floor. When you hear your partner grumbling under their breath, you have a chance to ask what’s bothering them.

All of this might not sound like much of a big deal. But added up, these little gestures show your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that will make you a quality 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

When you are dealing with hearing loss, especially when you haven’t noticed your symptoms, it may be tough to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments. And part of the fun of being romantic, let’s be truthful, is those subtle, hushed occasions. You will once more be able to enjoy the power of a whisper. Which means you’ll be capable of enjoying the closeness of your partnership in a more profound way.

Helping Your Relationship

To be sure, a hearing aid isn’t going to fix every issue with your relationship. And if you do have hearing loss, you can still have intimacy. The point here is that a hearing aid will make specific aspects of your love life more pleasurable and more enriching.

So when hearing loss gets in the way of your connections, your relationships can become dicey and it can be difficult to find a cause. Schedule an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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