Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, Marshall, and San Antonio, TX

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Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind when you think about hearing aids. We get it. These tiny devices are usually advertised in very concrete terms. Love, conversely, is something better suited for poetry, music, and art.

But you might want to begin looking at your hearing aid as an intimacy device because of the strong connection 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. Which means it’s not just chatting with the cashier at the grocery store that becomes more challenging, it’s also maintaining your most significant and intimate relationships.

Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy beautiful relationships and deep emotional bonds. 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 enhanced personal relationships can come from something as simple as using a hearing aid. Here are some ways that hearing aids could have a positive impact on your love life.

Improved communication

Obviously, healthy relationships need strong communication (although, it is sometimes harder to practice than it is to preach). Taking the time to communicate can help eliminate arguments, enhance emotional connections, and make everyone feel more respected and appreciated.

But the challenge becomes even more evident with hearing loss which can significantly hinder normal communication.

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

  • The softer, whispered moments won’t get lost. Let’s be truthful, it’s not pillow talk if you have to shout. A hearing aid will let you enjoy more of those quiet, hushed experiences between you and your partner.
  • Your boosted stamina will make it easier to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you depleted from straining to communicate. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and invigorating.

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

Going out with a group of friends won’t be all that enjoyable when your partner spends most of their time repeating everybody for your benefit. Likewise, you won’t have much fun if you can’t hear anything that’s going on all night. It’s easy to understand how this arrangement could breed resentment.

Your independence can be preserved by wearing hearing aids. You won’t rely on your partner to order food for you at a restaurant or translate what everyone is saying 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.

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 can hear more. Maybe, thanks to your hearing aids, you notice the timer go off and come in to help with dinner. Or maybe 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 an opportunity to ask what’s bothering them.

All of this may not sound like much of a big deal. But these little gestures, taken together, will demonstrate to your partner that you’re compassionate and committed. They demonstrate your level of care. And that’s what partners are supposed to do! You will have a substantially easier time accomplishing this with hearing aids which will help you pick up on more discreet audio cues.

You won’t miss the power of a whisper

When you have hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t detected your symptoms, it may be difficult to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate moments. And part of the pleasure of being intimate, let’s be truthful, is those discreet, quiet moments. You will once more be able to experience the power of a whisper. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more powerful.

Helping Your Relationship

Every issue with your relationship won’t be remedied using a hearing aid, clearly. Nor is it impossible to have intimacy 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 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 bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.

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