With both our state-of-the-art hearing aids and these tips and tricks, you can get back in the dating game and make sure those whispered sweet nothings don’t fall on deaf ears.
When we say life doesn’t stop with hearing loss, we mean every part of life. And yes, that includes dating. Maybe you’re single and ready to mingle, but your hearing loss has put a damper on your love life. Or maybe you’re wining and dining your partner of 30 years, but a crowded restaurant and mumbled conversation doesn’t exactly scream romance.
But with Eargo’s virtually invisible and rechargeable hearing aids and our six handy tips for dating with hearing loss, you can get back in the game and be canoodling with that special someone in no time.
1. Make sure you’re ready to go ahead of time.
A first date is a pretty big deal. You need to pick out the right outfit, fix your hair so it looks just right, and remember to not order anything extra garlicky (just in case). You should also have some good conversation starters up your sleeve, just in case the nerves set in and you need some tried and true go-tos. Plus, it’s a great way to learn more about your date and spark deeper conversation. We happen to have a handy-dandy list, so take a look and remember your favorites.
And in your pre-date hustle and bustle, don’t forget the most important step of all: charging your Eargos! Because even if you’ve mastered all your conversation starters, it won’t matter if you can’t hear your date’s reply. All you have to do is charge your Eargo devices in their case overnight, and in the morning, you’ll have around 16 hours of crisp, clear sound at your fingertips. And sure, most dates don’t last 16 hours, but it never hurts to be prepared.
2. Get there early.
Want to try out the hottest restaurant in town, but worried about the noise level? Plan to arrive early so you can scope out the noise levels, find the perfect table for easy hearing, and make any needed adjustments to your Eargos.
To lessen the chance of reverberation, we recommend sitting away from walls—so that cozy corner booth is out. Instead, go for a table in a quieter room or in the center of the space. Don’t hesitate to request a table that works best for you and your hearing loss.
To get your Eargos ready before your date arrives, launch the Eargo app and select the restaurant setting. (Make sure you have your charger on you to make on-the-go adjustments from the app.) If you haven’t downloaded the Eargo app yet, then what are you waiting for? It’s jam-packed with personalization options and loaded with new listening environments to help you hear your best, no matter where you are.
3. Be intentional during conversations.
If you’re still missing the occasional word, be sure you’re making eye contact with your date. Not only is this a solid tip for making a good first impression (who doesn’t love an active listener?), but by focusing on your conversation partner, you’ll be able to understand what they’re saying more easily than if you were looking down at your plate or around the restaurant. And if you’re still having trouble, try this tip from one of our licensed hearing professionals, Dr. Shelby McCann: Subtly glance at your date’s mouth while they’re speaking. It’ll make it easier to make out some of the words you might be missing.
4. Experience the great outdoors.
If a restaurant date sounds a little too noisy, or you’re just more of an outdoors person, there are plenty of quiet, beautiful places you can go to have a great date. Have a picnic, take a hike, or visit a botanical garden. A quieter setting can lead to better conversation, and if your date loves the idea of an outdoorsy activity, then you already have something in common! Just be sure you’re OK with spending a decent chunk of time with your date before you pick a 10-mile hike. We also recommend taking a camera along to snap the beautiful scenery. And bonus tip: If that date goes super well, you can frame the photo for an anniversary present.
5. Communicate like a pro.
Was your date a roaring success? Did you swap phone numbers? Then it’s time to learn how to best talk on the phone with your hearing aids, for all the late night conversations to come. To minimize feedback, be sure to hold your phone at an angle or put it on speaker. If you’ve got a pair of Eargos, switch to the Phone setting in your Eargo mobile app (which you’ve definitely downloaded by now, right?). After all, you don’t want to miss any of those whispered sweet nothings.
6. Be confident.
Hearing loss doesn’t have to slow you down, and it definitely doesn’t have to get in the way of your dating life. You’re still the same smart, fun, engaging person you were before hearing loss. If you follow these tips, you’ll find yourself back in the game in no time at all. You’ve got a lot to offer, so get out there and have confidence in yourself, because you’ve got the best wingman around—Eargo.
If you don’t have a pair of Eargos yet and are ready for an instant boost of confidence, schedule a free consultation with one of our licensed hearing professionals. Give us a call today at 1-800-734-7603, or shop online.