Let me start by saying that I actually felt bad for the lady this story is about.
As a young man in his early 20's, I take my hearing for granted at times, but this made me rethink things a little bit.
"The Man of Steel" had just come out and my super-awesome wife suggests that we go see it.
I'm not here to talk about whether or not the film was good or bad, but I will say that General Zod was the only believable character IMHO, but I digress.
We get to the theatre, pay for our tickets and beetus and find our seats. An older couple take their seats in front of us, and from the beginning of the credits I take notice to the wife.
Anytime a scene would get loud, I would see her with her index fingers to her earballs, trying to muffle the sound. I never saw her get up to complain.
She just sat there and stuck her fingers in her ears whenever it got loud. First I thought, "Pfft.
If you can't take loud noises, why did you come to see an action movie (to be fair, a movie with some action sequences and a 45 minute tribute to 2012)".
Then I got to that point I know everyone has experienced: You have to pee, but you can't figure out when to leave, so you hold it in until you realize that, holy crap, this hurts,
I have to go now! So I bolted from the theatre and out to the men's room. As I made my way back to the theatre, I realized that my hearing was kind of...off.
It felt like I had just finished taking a tour around the yard on the tractor without using any ear protection.
I found my seat and finished the movie, and I actually found myself mimicking the older lady in front of me. I felt bad for my previous internal comment about this woman.
Now I'm more aware if the television or if the car stereo is too loud, and recently I've noticed I sometimes have my headphone volume a little too loud.
I guess the moral of the story is to protect you earballs, people.
TL;DR Movie was too loud for older lady; I internally poked fun at her; soon realized it was too loud meself; Now I don't take my hearing for granted.
I know it doesn't fit your normal "oh, look at what this shit-stain did" kind of story, but I felt it was a necessary place to put this.