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Radio Bombshell! Rush Going Deaf  
User currently offlineHeavymetal From Ireland, joined May 2015, 25 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

Rush Limbaugh announced today that he will be totally deaf within one month.

No word on whether the show will continue.

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User currently offlineJtb106 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

Just read the announcement on rushlimbaugh.com

I had intended to start today's program telling you what I'm about to tell you. The outbreak of our attack on Osama bin Laden made it necessary to deal with that and bring everybody up to speed first on that, and to place that in perspective. But I have, throughout my career - at least as far as this program is concerned, now into its 14th year - have been as up front and candid with all of you, first, as possible. This as opposed to, say, calling a press conference to announce something or doing it in some other way.

The relationship that I have always enjoyed with you is one I consider to be familial. I see evidence of it each and every time I venture out in public, and I've been overawed by that. I will never take it for granted. And around Christmastime and Thanksgiving time, I always try to make an effort to express my gratitude and thanks for how much your support has meant. Because so many people have told me over the course of the years how much this show has meant to them, because, when it started, there was nothing like it in the national media.

There were all sorts of liberal talk shows, both TV and radio, but they were at night, and the people who think as you and I do had to endure being laughed at and made fun of and impugned on a daily basis. And finally, here came a guy, Rush Limbaugh, who didn't tell you what to think but simply reflected what you already thought, what you already believed. He validated what you already thought and believed.

That made you feel confident, and you relished the fact that the show was there, and you made no bones about expressing that. There was never any market research. We didn't survey the market before the program started and say, "What's missing out there," and try to fill the void, and then come up with decisions. "Hey, there's no conservatism in national radio. Let's go do that."

That's not at all what happened. We just decided to try something, based on a passion, and do it - and the passion to do it continues. That's the first thing that I want you to understand. The passion to get up every day - I talked a moment ago about pursuing happiness, and how I was going to be mentioning this a lot in the coming days and weeks. Well, I've been doing a lot of soul-searching this past summer because of some things that have happened to me, that have caused me to redefine what's meaningful and what is happy and important and what's not.

Simply put, I noticed on the 29th of May - I'll never forget the date - that I could not hear anything in my left ear. So I went to the doctor. They assumed it was earwax, (as they always do; I'm 50 years old) and took my oral history and found out that there's some genetic hearing loss in my family, and immediately chalked it up to that. The bottom line is, from May 29th up until about, I'd say, ten days ago, I lost hearing every five days, to the point, ladies and gentlemen, I'm now totally deaf in my left ear.

I cannot hear a thing in my left ear. Hearing aids, the most powerful made, mean nothing. I have the ability to recognize sound but not identify it in my right ear. I cannot communicate with people. I can occasionally talk to people in person one on one if their voice frequency happens to fit the range that I can still hear, but I cannot hear radio; I cannot hear television; I cannot hear music. I am, for all practical purposes, deaf - and it's happened in three months.

I have been to what I learned were the finest doctors and clinics throughout the country, focusing on one, and every effort has been made to stabilize the loss, with the hope of restoring it. No success has been reported, in either stabilizing it or ... restoring it. Now, all during this summer, the loss, even though rapid - by the middle of July, for example, I was told that from the end of May to the middle of July I had lost what the average person loses in 15 years, in terms of hearing. Hearing aids are of such improved quality today that they accommodated the loss.

My hearing wasn't normal, but I could function. I could have one-on-one conversations. I could do everything but listen to music. Music was just a mass of noise. I was unable to hear it. I still don't know music. I haven't been able to recognize a song I'm hearing since the middle of July. I have been able, though, to get powerful enough hearing aids to where I can communicate one on one with people and, up until about ten days ago, was able to listen to things on radio and TV.

But I can no longer do that, and the odds are that within another month or so, if the pattern keeps up, I will be entirely deaf - 100% - and at that point, a decision has to be made as to what to do about it, because my desire is to continue doing this, and there are an infinite number of ways of continuing. I mean, I'm doing this program today, ladies and gentlemen, in effect, total deafness. I have taken two phone calls today, and have not heard a word any of the callers said to me.

I'm not going to explain to you how we're doing this. Put two and two together, if you wish, but as long as the passion exists to do it, then we'll find a way. I'm at that point now. This is where I am. What do I do about it? Now, I've been luckier than most people will ever be in life. I can retire if I wanted to and not suffer. I don't have a worry in the world when it comes to finances. That's how fortunate I've been, and as such, I have options.

That's, again, getting back to what I was referring to earlier when I talked about all the options that we as a free people have. I can still, even with this, get up, and if I want to, with the help of other people, come in here and do this radio program. I can do this radio program every day without taking a phone call, if I have to - and in my mind, still out rate 99% of the people who do it.

Or, if I want to take phone calls, we'll find a way to do that. In fact, we already have. That's what I was doing all last week was rehearsing ways in which to conduct this program in a way that would allow me to perform in such a way that it would meet and hopefully continue to surpass the expectations that you have.

So that's my challenge. How to structure this in such a way as to continue to be able to do it at the highest levels - my desire, my expectations, and yours - without dwelling on the loss. It's happened, and...there are things that are being done. You would not believe the medication that is flowing through me in an attempt to reverse this. There is a theory as to what's happening, but I'm going to keep that to myself. It is not genetic. There's something more going on than that. I have been through every conceivable medical test and exam this summer you can imagine.

All those times that you thought I was on vacation or playing golf, I've been in an MRI machine or getting blood drawn, or on a stress EKG machine or at a cardiologist - wherever - hearing aid doctor, the hearing doctor, where have you. The only thing that is really going to change is that I may have to be absent a day here and a day there, more so than I would like, just in order to see the doctors.

Now, if it eventuates that the medication that is literally - I mean, I'm popping pills [and] I'm shooting up stuff. I've never done stuff like this before. If this stuff doesn't work, then there is one other option that is relatively new, but it's not something that has been done enough to where a pattern has been established to say that it's acceptable. There's always the last resort - the cochlear implant. It's the last thing they do, because it's irreversible. Once you do that, you're finished, and if it doesn't work, then nothing they can do to go back and put you back the way you were.

So you must wait until you are entirely deaf for approval for this. I mean, the FDA even gets involved in this, because it's surgery which involves the brain. I have not yet spoken to people who have received cochlear implants, but I've talked to a number of doctors who say that it would be an improvement over the situation I'm in now. To describe for you the way I hear things now, I understand what I'm saying -, but I think it's more because I know what I'm going to say, rather than I'm actually hearing it.

I feel it. I feel the vocal vibrations in my skull, but in terms of actually hearing what I say, I don't really know if I am or not. Other people, depending on their voice range, if they're loud and speak slowly enough and are close enough to me, then I can hear them, but this is relatively new. The past ten days, it's been this case. Ten days ago [and] two weeks ago, I was able to conduct a normal conversation, just a couple of times, "Say that again, please?" But now it's deteriorated to the point that, for all clinical, practical purposes, if I take the right-side hearing aid out, I do not hear a single thing - zip, zero, nada.

I don't hear smoke alarms, and you know how loud they are. I've tested the loudest things that I could find to see if I hear them, and I don't. Now, I do hear certain sound frequencies. I hear myself walking on a concrete floor. I hear the toilet handle flush now and then. But when it comes to the human voice, I hear not enough to have any kind of a productive conversation with anybody. That doesn't mean that I cannot continue to do what I love doing here. It's just a matter of finding out how and the best way to do it.

Now, one other thing here before I go to commercial break. I know a lot of you are sending e-mails about my voice, and I know that a good percentage of them are what I call seminar e-mails because you are so far off track, you've got to be making it up. Somebody's got to be telling you what to say. "Rush, I hadn't listened to you for four months, and all of a sudden, you sound like you're Bill Buckley all the time." Or "Rush, I haven't heard you in six months, and you sound very pompous."

That's just flat-out BS, but there are some people who are writing who are saying your voice pitch is lower, or you sound like you're speaking slower than normal, what have you. My friends, it could well be that my voice is changing. I don't know. I cannot hear myself well enough to know. As far as I'm concerned, my voice is as normal as it's ever been. My energy level is as normal as it's ever been. And when we were in rehearsals last week out in Los Angeles, we discovered, in fact, that some of the people in the rehearsal were also concerned about the voice quality, and they were stunned as how normal I sounded last week.

So we're looking at technical things. Is there something in our technical circuitry, in the connections from here to New York, to wherever our signal goes to get the program to you that's causing some of these fluctuations to take place, in addition to whatever may be happening with my voice? But as far as today is concerned, everybody that's surrounding me tells me I sound as normal as I always have when they're in the room with me, that there's no change whatsoever today.

We have made some technological changes, because people have been complaining about the lower octave, so I think we've made some minor changes to raise the pitch of the voice electronically today as were trying to figure out what's going on but as far as I'm concerned there's no change, it's very frustrating my voice is my voice and I'm not trying to change it in any way, shape, manner, or form. Got to take a break here because of the length of time in the opening segment. We'll be back and continue in a moment.

I think the guy is a wacko, but that is harsh. Reminds me of Julie Andrews losing her voice and the drummer in Def Leppard losing his arm.

User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Wow, how sad. He just signed a new $XXX million dollar contract too..

User currently offlineHigh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1264 times:

Why can't he go mute?

User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

God is in his Heaven and all is right with the world.

I could not have asked for a better Birthday gift, thank you genetics!

Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 1239 times:

As if he always heard the garbage he spwed out anyway.
It's too bad that he will lose his hearing. He may become a liberal now that he is a handicap. I am sure he wishes he can eat his words after all of the anti-everything including those with disabilities.

User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 1231 times:

Nuts and realhigh, both of you are assholes of the worst kind. How would you feel if you lost your hearing and some small, petty people made comments saying they were glad you were suffering. I will not wish any health problems on you but if it ever happens, I hope people say the same thing to both of you.

"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1222 times:

No matter what I personally think of Rush or his views, I wouldn't wish this on anyone. I'm partially deaf in my left ear, and I don't have unbelievable hearing in my right ear, so that hits close to home.

User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

i've never heard his stuff, i may or may not have agreed with him, but it is a shame for that to happen. Many people know his name and can relate it to radio or politics.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

Count another asshole here B757300. Although I'm not gloating over the fact that Limbow is going deaf (he says) I hope that it gets that bombastic, self serving, peon off the air.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

I never said that I was happy about Rush's hearing loss. I actually feel bad about that.
He just said a lot of awful things about people who are disabled. I don't want to get in to politics anyway.

User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

This is devastating! How sad... I'm still in shock, I can't believe I am reading this.  Sad

And to you SICK people who would gloat over this happening to ANYONE... I don't know what to say to you-- you have stooped very low this time.

User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

N400QX, I agree.
I think it is awful for people the gloat over someone losing there hearing.
Even if Rush himself gloated over other peoples misfortune.

User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1193 times:

Forgive me for asking, but who is Rush Limbaugh?  Confused  Laugh out loud

I've never heard of him!

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

My money says he'll find a way to continue on regardless. I like his program and share many of his views even though I often disagree with his global capitalism/free-trade uber alles dogma. He nonetheless provides much needed balance to the mainstream media. As he says: "I _am_ equal time".

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1194 times:

Oh, Aloha, how young you must be!!

User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1195 times:

Rush Limbaugh-- the most listened to man in the world... radio talk show host that just recently signed a huge contract-- bigger than A-Rods. Great man.

I can't believe this! I just listened to his announcement online-- he sounds completely different!  Sad My prayers are with him and his doctors.

User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1185 times:

Hey, I'm not going to waste any tears over that shit-head. The less nuts in the media, the better! He can take Jerry Springer and Dr. Laura with him. You people act like he actually did something constructive with his life.

I don't wish any specific harm on him, but I assure you I will sleep like a baby tonight.

Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

Adam, I have respectfully disagreed with you in the past, but I believe your position on this is reprehensible! He is NOT a nut, he HAS done constructive things in his life--- being the most listened to man in the world is one of them... just starting out as a DJ in small-market Kansas City.

User currently offlineMetwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1181 times:

You know what? Most of you guys are a bunch of "CLOSET CONSERVATIVES"!!!

Why do you listen to his shows if you don't like what you hear? I'll tell you why, it's because deep down inside you really do like Rush's message of positive moral virtues. You're just too embarassed to admit it to your friends and co-workers!

It's Okay, step out of the closet, you will find the world full of honest, morally, ethically minded people.

Rush, I hope you find the will and the way to stay on the air!

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

Zach, I don't know how "constructive" he's been-he's been one of the leading causes there's such a public schism between left and right in this country. He blames the left for every woe ever to befall this country, and credits the right with every good thing that has ever befallen us as well, which, is, sorry to say, not exactly the truth. I don't like his arrogance. I'm not a fan of the man, by any stretch.

But having said that, I don't hate the guy, and I don't wish him any ill. And that's why I agree with you on this as far as some of the sentiments being reprehensible. It's one thing to dislike the man's views and/or how he presents them, it's quite another to link that dislike by showing even the remotest big of joy in the fate that has befallen him personally.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 21, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Rush, I hope you find the will and the way to stay on the air!

That shouldn't be hard!
He looks like he is inflated with helium! Big grin
I always wondered what held his fat-ass on the ground!

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

Zach, if I may interject, you are by far the WORST person on this forum to be talking about Rush. He is a God to you, scum to me. And I'll praise him in my own twisted little way, by laughing. Laughing like he did all those many times at the unfortunately, or the homosexuals, or the blacks, etc. etc.

Apparently there is justice in this world.

But in the spirit of it being my Birthday and all, I'll toast this once to his health. Not for his sake, but for yours.

Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlineMetwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

None of you "Closet Conservatives", whoops, I mean "Flaming Liberals", has explained why you listen to Rush so much. Unless, of course, you really do like his message.

User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

If you are talking to me, then all I can say is I don't even know what station he is on!

Dear moderators: No.
25 Post contains images N400QX : Yessss you do, Adam!! One of the biggest conservative stations in the country!! Seattle's own 570 KVI! Don't tell me you've never heard of it-- the fo
26 Post contains images We're Nuts : Believe it or not, I don't listen to much radio. Get all my news here!
27 Post contains images We're Nuts : I do agree with one thing you've said, Metwrench. Everything Rush says IS right. In fact, it is amazing that millions of people, myself (and many othe
28 Metwrench : What do you mean by "we are wrong"? What ever Rush has ever said is his opinion. If I agree with it, then yes, it also becomes my opinion. I am not hi
29 KROC : We're Nuts takes a diehard stand. Oh the arguements...but wait, I agree with him. Damn Damn Damn.
30 Post contains images We're Nuts : Nooooo!! WHY must we agree!? Oh, you are a vengeful God.... Metwrench, I have no respect for him. Stop putting words in my mouth and come up with a re
31 Heavymetal : He's a propagandist, nothing more. Everything from cancer to the World Trade Center is Bill Clinton's fault, according to him...(which is funny someti
32 Post contains images CO 757 200 : Damn.....hope he stays on (having listened to him for the last 9 years, as well as having gone to one of his appearances).....I just happened to miss
33 PanAm747 : Rush Limbaugh has never been the "spokesman" for the Republican party, just as Jesse Jackson hasn't been the spokesman for the Democrats. I can't even
34 Hairyass : God Bless Rush Limbaugh
35 Hepkat : I personally don't care for his views but I wish him all the best anyway. I don't think it's wise to rejoice over anyone's misfortune.
36 Metwrench : Still, none of you out there that dislike Rush so much has told me why you listen to his show! Last I heard, this is a free country, nobody is pointin
37 We're Nuts : Clinton was the master of "smoke and mirrors". He did divert our attention from pertinent matters with his escapades such as the "sex scandle" and "tr
38 Post contains images N400QX : KVI, Adam, KVI... tomorrow, nine in the morning. KVI, Adam, KVI.... lol
39 Heavymetal : Metwrench.. A, I listen because frequently I have to. See my job description. B, I'm going over my post and I don't see where I say what you said I sa
40 ChrisKSDF : Haha. You liberals never cease to make me fall over laughing. You all know that the Clinton impeachment had nothing to do with his "dick" whatsoever.
41 Superfly : Reno would have went after him on her own will. Anyway, Bill Clinton is still 10 times better than that joke we have in the White House now!
42 ChrisKSDF : No, Clinton is not ten times better. Clinton would have made this whole thing about himself, and his legacy - which was his sole priority while he was
43 Heavymetal : Gee, I'm against abortion, I proudly own several high powered firearms and I live for suckin down beer in front of NFL football on my tv on Sunday....
44 Superfly : No one knows how Gore would have handled this. Bush (part II) has a an 88% approval right now! It won't last forever! Nor will Bush!
45 Hepkat : I think we shouldn't waste too much time discussing Bush's 88% approval rating. We all know the beating his administration took for their handling of
46 We're Nuts : Bush the I had a 90% approval rating right before the election. How quickly we forget. And I'm wondering who railroaded Clinton in lying? Was it Reno?
47 Post contains images ChrisKSDF : Your ARE Nuts, We're Nuts!. It left the Republican party a joke? Why then, after Clinton's term was over, did the Republicans control the White House,
48 Post contains images ChrisKSDF : LOL, I failed to respond to your "spew your venom" comment. Exactly which of my statements were venomous? The truthful ones? Your liberals are funny,
49 Superfly : ChrisKSDF: Um, most voters voted for Al Gore and tossed out 5 GOP Senators. The Dems. won more House seats and picked up a Gov. office in WVA. Jefford
50 We're Nuts : Most don't agree with us? Prove it. Prove the majority agrees with you. Prove ANYTHING you have posted. You can't.
51 Post contains images 727LOVER : Did my prayer get mixed up? I prayed I wouldn't have to hear him!!!!
52 Whistler : "And I don't know how many times you want to hear this, but I HAVE NEVER LISTENED TO RUSH LIMBAUGH'S SHOW. Get it through your pea-brained head!" Well
53 We're Nuts : My sandbox is filled with cat poop. Put that in your discussion and smoke it.
54 PHLFlyer : Would you suggest rolling papers or a pipe? What kind of litter are you using? it might be a good filter
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