Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL - Bonita Springs, FL

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Intimacy isn’t normally the first thing that one thinks of when you think about hearing aids. We understand. The advertising on these little devices is relatively straightforward. Love, conversely, is something better suited for music, poetry, and art.

But you might want to begin looking at your hearing aid as an intimacy device due to the strong connection between your hearing and your relationship. After all, the social separation that comes from untreated hearing loss can also mean isolation from your partner. That means maintaining intimate relationships will be just as difficult as attempting to communicate with the clerk at the supermarket.

That doesn’t mean somebody suffering from hearing loss isn’t able to form deep bonds or of experiencing beautiful, lasting 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 likely haven’t developed those extra skills, as a result, your relationships could suffer.

True intimacy, though, and enhanced personal relationships can come from something as basic as wearing a hearing aid. Hearing aids can have a positive influence on your love life in the following ways.

Improved communication

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

But the challenge becomes even more pronounced with hearing loss which can severely hinder normal communication.

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

  • Your boosted stamina will make it simpler to communicate.When you have hearing loss, speaking and listening can take a lot of energy, leaving you feeling exhausted. Conversations can once again be fun and invigorating.
  • You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. To put it directly, there’s no yelling in pillow talk. A hearing aid will foster more of those quiet, hushed experiences between you and your partner.

Your partner won’t have to be your translator

Going out with friends won’t be all that much fun when your partner spends most of their time repeating everyone for your benefit. But if you can’t hear what’s happening all night, that won’t be very fun either. It’s not hard to imagine the type of resentment this might cause.

Your independence can be maintained by wearing hearing aids. Your partner won’t have to order your food at a restaurant or be your translator when you’re at a dinner party. Additionally, it will be easier to continue going out and socializing on your own! You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing back stories and adventures to share.

You’ll be more receptive to your partner’s needs

There are a thousand ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a little easier. Maybe you jump in and help with dinner because your hearing aids allow you to hear the cook timer ring. Or perhaps you hear your partner stumble 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 perhaps even unimportant. But added up, these little gestures exhibit your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that’s what partners are supposed to do! A hearing aid makes that much easier to accomplish because you’ll pick up on those sometimes subtle 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 tough to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during romantic occasions. And part of the fun of being romantic, let’s be honest, is those subtle, quiet occasions. A hearing aid will allow you to enjoy the power of a whisper again. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more powerful.

Helping Your Relationship

Every problem in your relationship won’t be solved using a hearing aid, obviously. Nor is it impossible to have intimacy with hearing loss. The point here is that a hearing aid will make certain facets of your love life more pleasurable and more enriching.

So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re struggling to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is inhibiting your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could bring back welcome intimacy to your love life.

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