The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association published an article by Leslie Bruce entitled “Intimacy and the Hard of Hearing: What's Stopping Us? (Part 1). ”
With Valentine's Day coming up, this post explores how hearing loss affects new and ongoing relationships, particularly with a partner who isn’t dealing with hearing loss of his or her own.
An example: Two individuals are alone together, the lights are dimmed and the music is turned on. For a hearing person, the "mood" is set for romance. But to a person who is hard of hearing the music interferes with verbal comprehension, and the potentially romantic moment becomes instead a moment of stress and tension.
According to Statistics Canada, more than one million adults across the country reported having a hearing-related disability. Connect Hearing has always worked to educate the public and bring people together, which is one reason why we offer free hearing tests.
We believe there is more to being romantic than just picking up flowers, buying chocolate or playing a violin. Communication — and the willingness to reach out and really get to understand someone no matter what the circumstance — is the key to a truly romantic and lasting experience.