It is easy to forget that syndicated radio talker Rush Limbaugh is deaf. “El Rushbo” lost 100% of his natural hearing in 2001 due to auto-immune inner ear disease. He is able now to hear callers to his program only because of a cochlear implant. The surgeon who performed the implant surgery died of lymphoma at the end of July and Limbaugh wants to be sure he is remembered.
House Ear Institute in Los Angeles announced that it has received a $500,000 gift from Limbaugh in memory of Antonio De la Cruz, M.D. The gift will be used to help the House Ear Institute continue its mission of advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life.
“Rush Limbaugh’s gift is a testament to the care and treatment Dr. De la Cruz showed to all of his patients. In honor of Dr. De la Cruz’s memory, we are pleased to accept the donation to continue the research and education that meant so much to him during his 35 years as a physician at the House Clinic and director of education at the institute,” said Jim Boswell, CEO of the House Ear Institute.
“Dr. De la Cruz literally saved my career and got me my life back with that surgery. I wouldn’t have been able to continue my career. For a month before I had the implant surgery, I did my show totally deaf,” Limbaugh said in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.