Dating with tinnitus can be hard. It can cause you to miss out on activities in loud environments that could make conditions worse—and some potential partners are not okay with that. Some people may think it’s weird to wear earplugs to protect yourself from worsened tinnitus.
Even letting someone know about your tinnitus can be difficult since you don’t know if they will accept you, judge you, or—hopefully—try to understand.
To help your dates be more enjoyable even with tinnitus, your local hearing health care professionals are here with some tips.
Be Upfront Before You Go On A First Date
In our age of digital dating, it is easy to go on a first date with someone you have never met in-person. However, that does open you up to the issue that the other person won’t be aware of your tinnitus before you two meet up for a date.
So, before meeting up for your first date, you may want to be upfront about your tinnitus, the severity, and how it can impact you. This disclosure is easier said than done, of course, especially since it can be nerve-wracking to wait and see what the other person will say about your tinnitus.
Just remember, you are only telling your potential date one thing about yourself. How they react will tell you far more about them. For instance, if your potential date is dismissive, rude, or rejects you, then it shows that they are close-minded and not a good partner for you.
But if your potential date is willing to learn and work with you, then that’s a green light to set a date to meet up. Also, you may want some resources handy that you can send to them to read about tinnitus before your date. That way, your date can be more educated if they are willing to put in some effort.
Choose Date Locations With Low Noise Pollution
When it comes to dating with tinnitus, there are some potential venues that are likely automatically off your list, ranging from concerts to bowling alleys. As the overwhelming sounds can be a lot for someone without tinnitus, you likely don’t want to attempt to go to a noisy place for your date.
Instead, try to go on dates where you will encounter limited and low noise pollution to avoid tinnitus flare ups. Some ideas to help spark your creativity are:
- Dinner at a small restaurant. You can also talk to the server about turning down any background music that is playing.
- Take an evening walk through a park, beach, or along a nature path. These areas are quieter during the early evening so that you can enjoy conversation and subtle sounds of nature.
- Visit a museum, gallery, or other exhibits. Not only will it give you both something to talk about, but these areas are normally quieter than your standard date venue.
- Secondhand hunting for books or that rare vinyl you’ve been looking for over the years. Not only can you two get a feel for each other’s interests, buy secondhand shops often are fairly quiet.
Use Hearing Aids To Help Calm Moderate-To-Severe Tinnitus
A common tinnitus treatment tool is hearing aids. While hearing aids can have their own stigma, there are many discreet hearing aid styles that can provide continuous soothing sounds to help combat your tinnitus. You don’t need to have hearing loss to use hearing aids to treat your tinnitus and keep it soothed during your dates.
However, many people with tinnitus also struggle with undiagnosed hearing loss. As they lose their hearing, tinnitus can become worse. So, if you have tinnitus, it is worth your time to come in and visit one of our hearing clinics for a complimentary hearing evaluation to check for hearing loss.
Find Tinnitus Treatment In Las Vegas, NV
Along with hearing aids, there are other types of tinnitus treatment available that may be what you need to help your dating life—well, that and your overall quality of life. Some of the options you will find at Hearing Associates of Las Vegas are:
- Counseling and tinnitus education – To help you gain a better understanding of your tinnitus, and what you can do to help alleviate your symptoms, you can receive tinnitus education and counseling from our hearing health care professionals.
- Levo System – For moderate-to-severe cases of tinnitus, the Levo System is an incredibly effective tool. Programmed to mimic your tinnitus, the Levo System is used at night to habituate your brain to the sound of your tinnitus. That way, your brain can properly learn to recognize and ignore your tinnitus.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy – Another form of habituation therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy helps you relearn to listen to other sounds around the sounds of your tinnitus.
If you are ready to take charge of your tinnitus treatment, feel free to contact us to consult with our hearing instrument specialists. That way, we can help you find the most effective treatment method for your tinnitus so that you can have relief from the ringing.