Jtb106 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1318 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.
RealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1245 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.
B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1237 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.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1228 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.
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1197 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".
We're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1191 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.
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1193 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.
Metwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1187 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!
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1185 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.
We're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1183 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.