How old were you when you first noticed your hearing loss?

February 8, 2017



The Center for Disease Control recently conducted a survey with some surprising results about hearing loss. It turns out nearly 20 percent of people in their 20s already have some level of hearing loss, and that hearing loss in more than half of the cases was not caused by loud noises from work. In addition, “About 24 percent of people ages 20-69 who report having excellent hearing have measurable hearing damage. About 20 percent of adults with no job exposure to loud sounds have hearing damage.”


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Sounds like there are millions of people with measurable hearing loss who don’t even know they have it. It’s quite possible that because they are not constantly surrounded by loud noises, they don’t think it is possible to have hearing loss.  You don’t have to be working a jack hammer for a living or being surrounded by jet engines to be susceptible. There are many sources of loud noises in our daily routines that we don’t pay attention to … our surround sound systems for music and movies, lawn mowers, snow blowers, sirens, even traffic, etc. Our lives are cluttered with noise!


So, what can we do about it? Just be hearing health conscious!  Turn down the volume. Keep a pair of earplugs on hand.  These little things will give you the extra protection you need to keep your hearing healthy.  And if you suspect hearing loss, get it checked without delay.


CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss.  CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified.  CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.


Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator


12 Comments on “How old were you when you first noticed your hearing loss?

  1. This is a great service for those with hearing problems. I hate it that I can hear the sounds but often can not make out what the word is. This is very frustrating because I feel that I miss out on a lot because of this. It is nice to be able to read the words on the phone and on t.v. so you can keep up with what is being talked about.

  2. I was 6 years old & had 2 childhood diases right together run 104 tempt but didnt need hearing aids untill i was about 20 & wore them untill i was 48 & hearing aids didnt help day i received a guide book from my son in Georgia & it had this story about this man who had a Colonear implant,i took that book to my DR. & he called Medicare & was told they would pay for it.only thing i had to go to Dallas but i had two wonderful daughters that their boss let them off to take me each time.on November 9th of 2001 i had this wonderful Surgery & i still go out in the yard just to hear the birds sing.The very first sound i heard that i had never heard in my life was the CRANE flying above. that was a beautful sound.& the surgery wasnt painful at all.

  3. I was about 20 when I noticed my hearing wasn’t what it should be, but I was diagnosed with otosclerosis. I had an uncle who became deaf at a young age for the same reason.

  4. I lost my hearing at the age of 4 years. It took until the fourth grade for a teacher to understand why I sometimes did not respond to a question or directions. Attended the Oregon State School for the Deaf the next year and returned to the fifth grade in the public school the following year. Wore hearing aids from that point on. I am 75 years with BSEE and MBA. Cochlear implant two years ago. That is a fabulous instrument!

  5. Well I’ll was 5 year old when I learn I have hearing loss and age of 14 r 15 year old I started wearing hearing aid .So I’ll Wear hearing-aids in left ear and also wear cochlear implant in right ear .It powerful I can hear it.but sometime I can’t understand the word .Also I read lip .

  6. My life has changed for the better since I have my new phone. If I can’t understand the person I can look on my screen. It is absolutely wonderful.

  7. I was 25 wheb I found out I had some hearing lose. Got hearing aids when 33. Fortunatly they have been making better hearing aid. I am 83 and have been considering cochlear implant,but wonder if it is worth .

    1. It is so worth it, Jane Matthews! I was very hard of hearing, then deaf for 60 years. Had the cochlear implant in 2002 and it is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’m now 77. Go for it!!

  8. I have really enjoyed my Caption Call phone. It has helped me so very much. I lost my hearing in 2014 from a fall. I fell on the back of my head. As a result I lost my hearing, smell, and taste. I have a dear friend who is Japanese, who calls me often, and with her accent, I have a very hard time to understand her. By the way, so does the helper on the other end of the phone. Many times she writes, “can’t understand, ” and I truely know what she means. However, she (or he) picks up words that I do not so it helps me very much just to have a word or two to know what she is talking about. We have been friends for 46 years. When I could hear, I could get more of her words, but with hearing aids, sometimes that is not possible. Thank you very much for all your help. It is truely appreciated.

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