Though making the investment in hearing aids is a personal choice, the benefits don’t just affect you—they affect your partner as well.
One study reports, “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 the appropriate intervention, the difficulties were greatly reduced with resultant improvement in quality of life for both parties.”
In this post, we review other ways hearing aids can improve your love life.
Any relationship expert will tell you that communication is the key to good relationships. If you have untreated hearing loss, this can result in a lot of miscommunication, misunderstandings and straight-up missing important information. Modern hearing aids have speech recognition features that will boost your partner’s voice and reduce distracting background noise, improving your communication abilities.
If lengthy conversations tire you out, you’re not alone. Audiologists actually have a name for this phenomenon: listening fatigue. Listening fatigue affects many people with untreated hearing loss, leaving them with little energy to enjoy activities. Fortunately, because wearing hearing aids makes it easier to decode sounds, it can help prevent listening fatigue.
Whether you realize it or not, your partner has likely picked up extra responsibilities because of your untreated hearing loss. This may include acting as your translator, answering phone calls, scheduling your appointments and responding to household timers and alerts. Wearing hearing aids will empower you to take some of these responsibilities back.
It’s an unfortunate truth that, over time, poor communication, low energy and lack of responsibility can lead to resentment in a partnership. This is why it’s important to take the steps to treat your hearing loss—for both you and your partner’s well-being.
If you’re still unsure about treating your hearing loss, perhaps this list will inspire you to take action for the benefit of your love life. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Decibel Hearing Services today.