I just spoke with my SO to ask him. He said that he doesn’t feel a big problem, it’s something that changed, you have to accept, and work with it. He said that his bigger problem is not entirely comprehending what is hard for me, which situations. Or to interpret my reactions if he isn’t sure if I understood it correctly.
But we agreed that before and after my loss, loss itself didn’t affect us much, yes we had to adapt, but we are working on mutual empathy from the day one, this was just another obstacle in life.
And I definitely utilize the phrase ‘I hear that you’re talking, but I can’t understand you, come closer or wait until I come closer’, and then some of us move closer.
Since we got cats it become a bit trickier, since we talk with them, and then it’s usually soft voice, so we’re not always sure if the spoken word was even meant for us, but at least we have some smile because of it.
One thing that definitely changed with my new aids is that we don’t need so much subtitles as before, since now due to the direct streaming I really can comprehend things without looking at the TV.
But now we have another issue - he has to pause the video if he wants to comment something, since now I’m enjoying my personal headphones and I have it on ‘minimal environmental sounds’
But it’s ok, and I think even better, since we don’t miss the video while commenting.
However, definitely adjustments were needed and are needed, it’s just that we both want to please each other so it never was a burden. Like, I’m not lazy to get up and come so that I can hear him better, nor is he lazy to come and talk to me. Works for us