One study that sought to uncover the effects of providing a hearing aid to a partner with hearing loss on significant others found, “Before the provision of a hearing aid significant others experienced difficulties with person-to-person conversation, with group conversation and in viewing (listening to) television of the same order as did the hearing impaired individual. After appropriate intervention the difficulties were greatly reduced with resultant improvement in quality of life for both parties.”
Below we review other ways hearing aids can improve your love life.
Of course, when you can hear better, you’ll be able to communicate with your partner better. If you leave your hearing loss untreated, you’ll probably miss out on a lot of information, from the small things, like inside jokes, to the big things, like important life updates. Even if you are able to hear your partner’s voice, you may be misunderstanding them more than you think. Hearing aids can prevent miscommunication, improving your love life.
If you’re frequently mishearing your partner, or if your partner is taking on additional responsibilities like acting as your translator or making phone calls for you, unfortunately, over time, this can lead to resentment. Even if your partner is happy to do these things early on, it can be taxing in the long-term. Treating your hearing loss will enable you to navigate social situations with more autonomy and lessen this resentment that may have built up.
If you experience fatigue after lengthy conversations, this is actually extremely common. It’s a phenomenon audiologists refer to as listening fatigue, and it’s caused by straining to decode sounds and follow along with speech. Hearing aids combat listening fatigue, leaving you with more energy to enjoy dates at Green Pig Bistro in Arlington with your partner.
When you can’t hear well, you may miss out on signs your partner’s needs aren’t being met. For example, you won’t hear them grumble under their breath and know to ask them what’s wrong, or you may not hear a doorbell or timer, causing your partner to take on the task. When you’re more aware of what’s going on with your partner and your environment, it can improve your loved life. Don’t just treat your hearing loss for yourself, do it for your partner, too.
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