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RUSH LIMBAUGH’S HEARING LOSS A RESULT OF AUTO-IMMUNE INNER EAR DISEASE
www.drudge report. ^ | OCT 10, 2001 | DRUDGE

Posted on 10/10/2001 5:50:42 PM PDT by concerned about politics

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RUSH LIMBAUGH’S HEARING LOSS A RESULT OF AUTO-IMMUNE INNER EAR DISEASE

Physicians consulting Rush Limbaugh are now confident the Radio King will be able to retain some of his hearing, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Limbaugh's hearing loss is result of auto-immune inner ear disease.

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A press conference has been called for tomorrow morning [Thursday] at 8 am PT in Los Angeles featuring physicians treating Limbaugh.

Limbaugh’s rapid-onset hearing loss is being treated by ear specialists Antonio De La Cruz, M.D., and Jennifer Derebery, M.D. at the House Ear Clinic and Institute in Los Angeles.

Derebery and De La Cruz are currently treating Limbaugh with medication, and there is some potential for surgical treatment as well. They are confident that with the proper treatment, Limbaugh will be able to retain some of his hearing.

The duo are working together with Michael Weisman, M.D., Director, Division of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and Professor of Medicine at UCLA.

Symptoms of auto-immune inner ear disease (AIED) may include fluctuating hearing, dizziness, ear fullness, rapidly progressive Meniere’s disease or a sudden loss of hearing. AIED is rare, causing less than one percent of all cases of hearing loss or dizziness. Doctors believe it is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the inner ear and damaging the hearing nerve.

PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS chief Kraig Kitchin will join Limbaugh's doctors during the press confererence to reveal new technology being used for Limbaugh's radio program.

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Prayers helped, eh?
1 posted on 10/10/2001 5:50:42 PM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: concerned about politics
Hearing AIDS?
2 posted on 10/10/2001 5:53:36 PM PDT by Glenn
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To: concerned about politics
I have severe hearing loss ... 100% in left ear and partly in the other. I live in L.A. and go to the House Ear Clinic as well. My doctor is John House. It is considered to be the premiere ear treatment center in the world ... a HUGE place. Rush is going to the best place.
3 posted on 10/10/2001 5:54:52 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers
ROCK ON RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!
4 posted on 10/10/2001 5:55:52 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Glenn
Hearing AIDS?

I think someone said it was nerve damage ... the same that I have. NOTHING can fix nerve damage even though I (and I'm sure Rush) would pay for hearing. Hearing aids do not work with nerve damage as there is not a functioning nerve to carry ANY sound ... it's just dead.

5 posted on 10/10/2001 5:57:01 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: concerned about politics
"Prayers helped, eh?"

Eh.

6 posted on 10/10/2001 5:59:59 PM PDT by unspun
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To: concerned about politics
To: wingnuts'nbolts

I hope he tried high dose prednisone and/or methotrexate for autoimmune hearing losses. The cochlear implants work well, but not sufficent for phone conversation.

276 Posted on 10/08/2001 13:10:18 PDT by imperator2 [ Reply | Private Reply | To 273 | Top | Last ]

7 posted on 10/10/2001 6:02:15 PM PDT by imperator2
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To: BunnySlippers
How did you lose your hearing? My family constantly tells me I'm "going deaf". In truth, I'm a former pilot (flew KC-135's; VERY loud, not to mention the T-37, aka "Flying Dog Whistle") and a long-time rock guitarist (and yes, I play LOUD). I have ........how do you spell it? Tinnitus? Constant ringing of the ears; have had it for years. Annoying as hell, but you get used to it, and I really don't hear it unless I'm in a quiet room.
8 posted on 10/10/2001 6:06:43 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: concerned about politics
This is a publicity stunt. After a while, Rush will declare himself "cured". Wait and see.
9 posted on 10/10/2001 6:10:11 PM PDT by Bush2000
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To: BunnySlippers
I live in L.A. and go to the House Ear Clinic as well. My doctor is John House. I
t is considered to be the premiere ear treatment center in the world ... a HUGE place.
Rush is going to the best place.


I survived a bout with Meniere's Syndrome (inner-ear problem)...was almost sent
House Ear Clinic.
Its reputation is unmatched in this area of medicine.
Hope they can get Mr. Limbaugh back up into fighting form.
I think I saw that they do have "benefit" affairs, one of the last sponsored by William Shatner.
Not to sound mercenary, but I bet the House Ear Clinic wouldn't mind having Mr. Limbaugh
headlining their next gala event and mentioning them on his nation-(world?-)wide show.
10 posted on 10/10/2001 6:12:29 PM PDT by VOA
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To: BunnySlippers
No, Glenn is trying to make a funny with AIDS and the reference to auto-immune disorder. Of course, AIDS isn't an auto-immune disorder.
11 posted on 10/10/2001 6:15:13 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Bush2000
That Wild Turkey is good sh*t, isn't it...
12 posted on 10/10/2001 6:20:51 PM PDT by Benrand
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To: Bush2000
This is a publicity stunt. After a while, Rush will declare himself "cured". Wait and see.

by Bush2000

Oh the clarivoyant one rears his head. Why would the most popular radio show host need to pull a stunt like this? I bet you think Art Bell staged the kidnap and rape of his child too.

13 posted on 10/10/2001 6:21:35 PM PDT by jbstrick
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To: BunnySlippers
I think someone said it was nerve damage ... the same that I have. NOTHING can fix nerve damage even though I (and I'm sure Rush) would pay for hearing. Hearing aids do not work with nerve damage as there is not a functioning nerve to carry ANY sound ... it's just dead.

As a guitarist that likes loud music I can testify to the effects of nerve damage to the ears. Sometimes I get a ringing sensation in one of my ears that impairs my ability to hear for a few minutes. Oddly this often happens when there is very little sound. I have been a lot more careful in recent years about noise levels but I can see how this condition can take on a life of its own.

14 posted on 10/10/2001 6:27:31 PM PDT by WRhine
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To: BunnySlippers
I too have nerve deafness and a wife who yells at me for not wearing my $5000. hearing aids ...I do better without them(well I think so)
15 posted on 10/10/2001 6:33:14 PM PDT by woofie
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To: jbstrick
I bet you think Art Bell staged the kidnap and rape of his child too. This is the first I've heard of this. Any sources?
16 posted on 10/10/2001 6:41:25 PM PDT by murdoog
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To: concerned about politics

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease?
Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED) is a poorly understood syndrome of potentially reversible progressive sensorineural hearing loss with or without dizziness. The classic clinical presentation of this disease is with bilateral fluctuating progressive sensorineural hearing loss occurring over several months. Tinnitus (noises in the ear) and aural fullness, "pressure", may also occur as well as dizziness or vertigo.

It is felt that this clinical syndrome of potentially reversible sensorineural hearing loss is caused by autoimmune dysfunction. Autoimmune diseases are set off when an out of control immune system causes the body to attack its own tissues by failing to distinguish the body's own cells from invaders such as bacteria or viruses or cells from other organisms. Autoimmune disease forms a large family of disorders which according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases strike an estimated fourteen to fifty million Americans. AIED can also be seen in people with other autoimmune diseases. New research has pointed out that many people with one autoimmune disease can have more than one type of autoimmune disease.

How often does AIED occur?
AIED is uncommon, probably accounting for less than one percent of all cases of sensorineural hearing loss or dizziness. The exact incidence is unknown partially because this disease is in the process of being defined and identified. It is felt that a significant percentage of patients with Meniere's Disease, especially those with bilateral symptoms, may be due to autoimmune inner ear dysfunction.

How is the diagnosis of AIED made?
Your physician can make the diagnosis based upon your history, physical examination findings, blood tests and results of hearing and vestibular test. A fairly specific test, Western Blot immunoassay for Heat Shock Protein-70 antibodies correlates with active disease and potential steroid responsiveness in patients with bilateral rapidly progressive sensorineural hearing loss. However this laboratory test does not demonstrate correlation in all cases. Therefore a therapeutic trial of medication should be undertaken as directed by your physician for this potentially reversible sensorineural hearing loss.

Is there any way we can find out more about AIED and why is this important?
Physician scientists are actively investigating the cause and treatment of AIED. Because of its unique potential reversibility, intensive study of this sensorineural hearing loss may provide leads for understanding other forms of sensorineural hearing loss.

There is a multicenter clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to study the cause of AIED and to evaluate a response to Prednisone and an alternative drug, Methotrexate. These drugs have a long track record for treatment of other autoimmune diseases. Since the number of patients with AIED are few, it is imperative that this scarce population and its treatment be thoroughly investigated in centers involved with the clinical trial.

If you would like more information about AIED or the AIED clinical trail please contact Kathy O'Connor, RN by phone at 212-263-2411 or by email at koconnor@brany.com.

Paul E. Hammerschlag, MD, FACS
Department of Otolaryngology
New York University School of Medicine
550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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18 posted on 10/10/2001 7:00:51 PM PDT by truthandlife
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To: survivor76
You sure have our site pest pegged perfectly....no doubt he wishes Rush would lose his voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
19 posted on 10/10/2001 7:01:45 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: RightOnline
How did you lose your hearing? My family constantly tells me I'm "going deaf".

They don't know except that it was from a very very early age. I was exposed to a very extreme blast of sound at an early age OR was born with nerve damage.

In kindergarten (I'm a "baby-boomer") ... in the 50's I went to lip reading classes and use lip reading now. I cannot make out lyrics to music but can make out "talk radio". Otherwise I live a normal life and work as an institutional equities trader on a trading desk ... in fact I run the desk. I have never thought of myself as "handicapped".

Tinntinitus (sp) is different. I'm not sure I could handle constant ringing in my ears.

I wish Rush the best. If he can be cured ... it will be at the House Ear Clinic.

20 posted on 10/10/2001 7:04:18 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: RightOnline
How did you lose your hearing? My family constantly tells me I'm "going deaf".

They don't know except that it was from a very very early age. I was exposed to a very extreme blast of sound at an early age OR was born with nerve damage.

In kindergarten (I'm a "baby-boomer") ... in the 50's I went to lip reading classes and use lip reading now. I cannot make out lyrics to music but can make out "talk radio". Otherwise I live a normal life and work as an institutional equities trader on a trading desk ... in fact I run the desk. I have never thought of myself as "handicapped".

Tinntinitus (sp) is different. I'm not sure I could handle constant ringing in my ears.

I wish Rush the best. If he can be cured ... it will be at the House Ear Clinic.

21 posted on 10/10/2001 7:04:45 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: Benrand
That Wild Turkey is good sh*t, isn't it...

ROFL!!!

22 posted on 10/10/2001 7:06:45 PM PDT by DoctorHydrocal
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To: VOA
I survived a bout with Meniere's Syndrome (inner-ear problem)...was almost sent House Ear Clinic. Its reputation is unmatched in this area of medicine.

As you know the House Ear Clinic is massive. People from all over the world come there for the most severe ear disorders. As you know, ears affect your balance ... when you have really severe balance problems it is impossible to walk ... and impossible to think properly as a result.

23 posted on 10/10/2001 7:09:18 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: VOA
I survived a bout with Meniere's Syndrome (inner-ear problem)...was almost sent House Ear Clinic. Its reputation is unmatched in this area of medicine.

As you know the House Ear Clinic is massive. People from all over the world come there for the most severe ear disorders. As you know, ears affect your balance ... when you have really severe balance problems it is impossible to walk ... and impossible to think properly as a result.

24 posted on 10/10/2001 7:09:28 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: Bush2000
"This is a publicity stunt. After a while, Rush will declare himself "cured". Wait and see. "

You are a cynical SOB. Just why would someone (who already has the most popular radio show ever, and makes millions of $) resort to such a totally stupid and easily provable trick. Maybe you are that dumb, but, think what you want of Rush, he ain't dumb. Are you just a tad jealous? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?

25 posted on 10/10/2001 7:12:12 PM PDT by K7TNW
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To: Glenn
A quick and witty ditty there.
26 posted on 10/10/2001 7:14:29 PM PDT by Hugh Akston
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To: all
My mom has an autoimmune disorder which affects her eyes. She could loose her sight in days/weeks/years depending on the degree of the flare up of the disease. Very very insidious and scary.
27 posted on 10/10/2001 7:28:46 PM PDT by Mikeswife
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To: imperator2
I think the phone call part is not a problem. It looks like they have it pretty well in control already. It seems they are using a voice translator. With the 10 second delay, they can put it on air without people noticing although I am sure that those on the phone probably notice.
28 posted on 10/10/2001 7:30:56 PM PDT by gore3000
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To: Bush2000
This is a publicity stunt. After a while, Rush will declare himself "cured". Wait and see.

If it is, then the M.D.s will have "some 'splain'" to do when they fail to
cure people similarly situated as Mr. Limbaugh.

I may be naive, but I doubt that Limbaugh would put on a stunt like this.
Especially with people from a high-reputation place like the House Ear Clinic
involved in this high-profile case.
29 posted on 10/10/2001 7:36:45 PM PDT by VOA
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To: BunnySlippers
and impossible to think properly as a result.

Are you saying the WH press is DEAF??? Jennings is DEAF...wow, how does he doit?

30 posted on 10/10/2001 7:41:25 PM PDT by Benrand
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To: concerned about politics
Rush and I have the same ear doctor-- M. Jennifer Derebery of the House Ear Clinic in L.A. He's in great hands. She's the best in the business for this sort of thing. (And, a total sweetheart!) I could not be more delighted with this news.
31 posted on 10/10/2001 8:04:56 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: Hugh Akston
A quick and witty ditty there.

Thanks for noticing. It's so hard to explain them.

32 posted on 10/10/2001 8:09:21 PM PDT by Glenn
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To: RightOnline
My brother-in-law had that ringing and it went away when he started taking Ginko. I believe I heard of someone else having the same experience.
33 posted on 10/10/2001 8:21:14 PM PDT by maranatha
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To: maranatha
Ginko, eh? Maybe I should try that..........thanks.
34 posted on 10/10/2001 8:40:03 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Bush2000
This is a publicity stunt. After a while, Rush will declare himself "cured". Wait and see.

And do you also believe that Andy Kaufman is still alive, after having faked his death?
35 posted on 10/11/2001 2:06:39 AM PDT by VRWC_Member428
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Prayers helped indeed. I read all the articles on the internet this morning. They sound pretty confident this. It appears that his radio show may be safe for the time being. That's good to hear.
Regards.
36 posted on 10/11/2001 5:26:38 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: K7TNW
Like it or not, Limbaugh is a fringe-dweller in the media circus. Everyone considers him to be a rightwing ideologue. But handicaps have a way of rehabilitating and softening one's public image. I think Limbaugh truly wants to make conservatism mainstream but, in order to do that, he's got to move the center to the right. What better way to defuse his critics than to emphasize a handicap? This was played to great effect by the late Charles Ruff. Nobody dared criticize him in his wheelchair without being called a bigot.
37 posted on 10/16/2001 1:37:59 PM PDT by Bush2000
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To: Bush2000
Of course your comment makes no sense at all. Why would someone fake a serious illness, easily uncovered to do something so easily accomplished in other ways? By the way, I don't think any person with an IQ more than 30 could not see that Rush's speech is absolutely indicative of a person with hearing failure. Having worked a bit in this, I can tell you for sure this would be hard to "fix".

But, I submit to your radical suppositions with no indication of evidence!

38 posted on 10/16/2001 5:53:30 PM PDT by K7TNW
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To: K7TNW
How, exactly, would faking be easily uncovered?
39 posted on 10/16/2001 8:24:45 PM PDT by Bush2000
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To: BunnySlippers
"Hearing aids do not work with nerve damage as there is not a functioning nerve to carry ANY sound ... it's just dead."

His left ear is precisely that. . .right ear on 'life support'; so to speak. . .

40 posted on 10/16/2001 8:33:04 PM PDT by cricket
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To: Bush2000
"This is a publicity stunt. After a while, Rush will declare himself "cured". Wait and see."

There are those 'deaf in the ear' and those 'deaf in mind'. . .and any rational person would prefer the former to the latter.

Sorry, Bush 2000; it used to be an exclusively Liberal disease. . .(or maybe I have misread you; and it still is. . .)

41 posted on 10/16/2001 8:46:25 PM PDT by cricket
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