Hearing Associates of Libertyville, IL

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

And yet, the two are closely connected to the point where you may want to begin thinking of your hearing aid as an intimacy device. After all, when doctors, researchers, and hearing specialists talk about “social isolation caused by hearing loss,” they’re also referencing isolation from your partner. That means maintaining intimate relationships will be just as challenging as trying to communicate with the clerk at the grocery store.

Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy wonderful relationships and deep emotional bonds. It’s just that doing so takes specialized care and well-practiced adjustments. If you’ve been losing your hearing gradually and over time, you most likely haven’t developed those extra skills, subsequently, your relationships could suffer.

By the same token, something as basic as a hearing aid can quickly and easily enhance these priceless relationships and make true intimacy easier. Hearing aids can have a positive influence on your love life in the following ways.

Improved communication

It’s well known that strong communication skills are at the root of a healthy relationship. Everybody will feel more appreciated and valued with good communication permitting stronger emotional connections and decreasing arguments.

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:

  • Your boosted energy levels will make it easier to communicate.Hearing loss can leave you fatigued from straining to communicate. Conversations can once again be enjoyable and stimulating.
  • You’ll catch more of those quieter, whispered moments. Let’s be truthful, it isn’t pillow talk if you have to shout. 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 evening. Likewise, you won’t have a very good time if you can’t hear anything that’s happening all night. It’s not difficult to imagine the kind of resentment this might cause.

A hearing aid can help preserve your independence. You won’t depend on your partner to order 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. You will be able to enrich your relationship by bringing home stories and adventures to share.

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

There are many ways that hearing more could help make your partner’s life a bit easier. Perhaps you jump up and help with dinner because your hearing aids permitted you to hear the cook timer ring. Or maybe you hear your partner scuffle on the floor and ask if they’re okay. You will have the chance to ask your partner what’s wrong if you hear them grumble under their breath.

All of this may not sound like much of a big deal. But added together, these little gestures demonstrate your commitment and compassion. They demonstrate your level of care. And that’s what partners are should do! A hearing aid makes that much easier to achieve because you’ll pick up on those sometimes discreet audio cues.

You won’t miss the power of a whisper

When you suffer from hearing loss, particularly when you haven’t detected your symptoms, it might be hard to recognize that you’ve stopped hearing those breathy whispers shared during intimate occasions. And let’s be honest, those hushed sounds are part of the fun of romance. A hearing aid will allow you to experience the power of a whisper again. This means that your experience of partnership will be that much more profound.

Helping Your Relationship

To be certain, a hearing aid won’t mend every issue with your relationship. And if you do suffer from hearing loss, you can still have romance. Hearing aids will make specific elements of your love life more enjoyable and enriching and that’s the main point here.

So if your relationship is a little… dicey… and you’re trying to find a cause, it may be that your hearing loss is getting in the way of your connections. Make an appointment with us, a hearing aid could return welcome intimacy to your love life.

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