Limbaugh Having Surgery for 2nd Cochlear Implant

He’s finally doing it: Thirteen years after Rush Limbaugh received his first cochlear implant, he will undergo surgery next week to receive one in his other ear.

In 2001, Limbaugh noticed his hearing was rapidly growing worse – a shocking discovery for anyone, but particularly tragic for a man who makes his living engaging with callers on talk radio.

Surgeons were able to partially restore Limbaugh’s hearing using the device he calls “a miracle.”

The top-rated host opened his Tuesday afternoon program by telling his audience: “I got to do something today that I have always wanted to do and have never done before. I was permitted to watch surgery. (…) It was the most amazing thing. You know, I have a cochlear implant, and so I was curious to see it.”