Early hearing loss was hard for Rob Jefferson to accept, even though it runs in his family.
“No, it couldn’t have been me,” he says. “It wasn’t my hearing. Everybody was mumbling.”
The 56-year-old resident of Belton, Missouri, started losing his hearing when he was 17 years old, the result of premature degeneration of the hair cells in his inner ear.
By the time he reached his mid-30s, everyday communication had become difficult, and Jefferson gradually retreated from social activities.