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  •  Yesterday (24+ / 0-)

    at a local meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of America, I found out an interesting little bit about Limpbaugh.  

    Several may know he has a severe hearing loss.  He only does his show with lots of help and written 'translations' of speech on a monitor.  He has 2 implants which are unique and the company which sells them (I didn't catch the name - sorry) had a booth at the national convention in June in Providence RI.  These devices cost $35,000 each!  

    This is also why he doesn't do TV - he can't.  

    My hearing aids stretch us at $3,000 per ear.  Many people do not get aids because they can't afford them.  Hearing loss is the 4th most common health problem in the US.  One thing many of us would like to see is a $250 tax credit per ear, every 4 yrs to help with the cost of aids.  Stonewalled by the RePiglican House.

     I'm sure he would be against such a "give away".  And yet he would not be able to do his show without at least $70,000 worth of equipment.  (Probably twice as much by the time he gets through with fitting, the expensive batteries, maintenance, the surgery.)  

    How in hell can the average person, especially retirees, afford that level of aid?  Talk about the 1%!!

    •  The average person does not burn out their (4+ / 0-)

      hearing will an adiction to hill billy heroin.  Even I felt sorry for Rush when the news of his hearing loss came out, until the actual reason came out.  The average person would also have gone to prison for so many illegal pills.

      Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

      by J Edward on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:24:51 AM PDT

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      •  Interesting....... (1+ / 0-)
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        I know some prescription medicines are audio-toxic (especially one which is a strong & effective one toward certain types of cancer - a loverly choice to have to make) but I was unaware of heroin being in that class.  

        Oxycontin too?

        •  oxycontin is hill billy heroin (2+ / 0-)
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          that was his addiction or maybe is his addiction.

          Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

          by J Edward on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 10:28:28 AM PDT

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          •  But you didn't answer the question ---- (1+ / 0-)
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            Have to leave now, but I will check it in PDR later.  

            In my 60's I'm not up on current slang, I guess.  :-)

            •  At the time of the addiction disclosure it was (2+ / 0-)
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              reported that oxycontin could burn out hearing and was why he needed his implants

              Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

              by J Edward on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 02:42:17 PM PDT

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              •  I'm baaack, after a look at WiKiPedia (0+ / 0-)

                Something else may be causing his hearing loss, but I doubt it is/was Oxycontin.  

                From WiKiPedia:  
                Oxycodone
                  (Redirected from Oxycontin)
                Not to be confused with oxytocin, oxandrolone, hydrocodone, or oxazepam.

                Oxycodone is an analgesic medication synthesized from poppy-derived thebaine. It was developed in 1916 in Germany,[5][6] as one of several new semi-synthetic opioids in an attempt to improve on the existing opioids: morphine, diacetylmorphine (heroin), and codeine.[1]
                .........

                Adverse effects
                The most commonly reported effects include memory loss, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, light headedness, headache, dry mouth, anxiety, itching, and heavy sweating.[12] It has also been claimed to cause dimness in vision due to miosis. Some patients have also experienced loss of appetite, nervousness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, urine retention, dyspnea, and hiccups,[2] although these symptoms appear in less than 5% of patients taking oxycodone. Rarely, the drug can cause impotence, enlarged prostate gland, and decreased testosterone secretion.

                In high doses, overdoses, or in patients not tolerant to opiates, oxycodone can cause shallow breathing, bradycardia, cold, clammy skin, apnea, hypotension, miosis (pupil constriction), circulatory collapse, respiratory arrest, and death.[2]
                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                Remember that little episode he had in Hawaii, a couple of years ago?  Do I see fatigue, dizziness, shallow breathing, circulatory collapse, respiratory arrest listed here?  

                He doesn't seem to suffer from any loss of appetite thou.  LOL!

                •  I quit feeling sorry for him when I heard that (0+ / 0-)

                  reported, now it's too late to start up again.  Einstein said it is not what you don't know that is the problem it is what you know to be true that isn't.

                  Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

                  by J Edward on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:56:20 PM PDT

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                  •  I certainly don't feel sorry for him (0+ / 0-)

                    Nor do I respect him, and I hate what he and his lot have done to divide the country and stir up hate.  

                    If he had a heart, he could raise awareness and give some aid to non-profits & hospitals & researchers trying to help those of us who are hearing impaired.  But of course, he doesn't.  

                    Instead maybe he wants to hide under the excuse that the Oxycontin was the cause of his hearing loss.  Because he is invincible!   GAG!

                    Carry on!

                    •  On this one issue, i'll defend him - a little (0+ / 0-)

                      Rush Limbaugh holds an annual charity event for Leukemia. It raises a significant amount of money for some very important charities.

                      He's not purely evil -- just mostly... with that one saving grace.

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                      by Richard Myers on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 12:08:55 AM PDT

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      •  Viagra. What? VIAGRA! (0+ / 0-)

        rMoney: Just another jerk, lookin' for work.

        by OleHippieChick on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:01:12 PM PDT

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    •  didn't he try TV before losing his hearing? (2+ / 0-)
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      i thought so.

      but it's the same with fox TV - it's a lot harder to project the certitude needed to sell their lies if they have to look us in the face - radio is perfect, protected from challenge in real time.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:14:32 AM PDT

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