For many people, hearing is lost over time. But for Jake – it happened in seconds. He was on a hunting trip in Wyoming with his father and had forgotten his ear plugs. His world went silent after firing a gun near his unprotected ears. Years after the blast, he continues to struggle with hearing loss and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Today, Jake finds comfort and community with other people with hearing loss he’s met through the Hearing Loss Association of America.