Hearing Health

Hearing Loss and Sex

We’ve often said that hearing loss can be a taboo subject for some people, because for some reason it carries a stigma. If that’s the case, then get ready for the true taboo subject, which is just another part of life that those suffering from hearing loss have to deal with—having sex with hearing loss.

The first challenge is what to do with the hearing aids themselves. On one hand, it’s important that you know what’s going on during sex, and hearing can really help in that department. It also helps with general spacial awareness. On the other hand, hearing aids can be cumbersome when you’re fumbling around in the dark. They’re also expensive pieces of medical equipment that you probably don’t want to risk breaking if they fall out.

In general, with all but the most discreet of hearing aids, sex will be a little more complicated than it usually is. In the heat of the moment, your partner may inadvertently brush against the aids and cause them to fall out. You might also hear some feedback from your hearing aids if you find yourself in an odd position.

However, there’s also a good reason to wear your hearing aids during sex — you yourself will be more comfortable with your surroundings, and you’ll get to see that for your partner, it doesn’t matter that you wear hearing aids.

Check out this recent article from Vice about one woman’s experience with having sex with hearing loss.

If you think you or a loved one might be experiencing hearing loss and could benefit from hearing aids, please get in touch with us to set up an appointment.

About Dr. Marie Vetter-Toalson Au.D.

Dr. Marie Vetter-Toalson Au.D. is the owner of Chicago Hearing Services and a Doctor of Audiology dedicated to empowering her patients and the public with greater knowledge and education around hearing health.