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102. Bill Clinton has had hearing loss for decades.
And hearing-aids are only partial solutions -- I know relatives with them who still have problems hearing, especially in crowds. And the hearing aids don't prevent further decline, they only work with the hearing that is there.

October 3, 1997: NY Times

Midlife is catching up with Bill Clinton: Doctors fitted the baby-boom president with hearing aids on Friday. Clinton, who turned 51 in August, has complained for years about hearing loss, listing it as a problem in his annual physicals since his days as Arkansas governor.

He found it had worsened this year and reported having trouble hearing people in crowded receptions. Presidential press secretary McCurry said indeed, he often cant make out what hecklers occasionally shout at him while he is making speeches...

For what doctors termed a high-frequency hearing loss in both ears, Clinton was fitted for the type of hearing aid that can be easily placed fully inside his hearing canal, hardly noticeable to other people.

The presidents problem, a moderate difficulty hearing high-frequency sounds, is typical of hearing loss due to ageing and exposure to loud noise
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  -Sharpton on "Requiem"...Clinton just stood there while Barbara insulted.. madfloridian  Sep-01-06 04:28 PM   #0 
  - So what was Clinton supposed to do? Choke the harpy? nt  thereismore   Sep-01-06 04:33 PM   #1 
  - LOL - thanks for the mental image!  LisaM   Sep-01-06 04:35 PM   #2 
  - Da dawg, long noted for rapid strategic political thinking,  EST   Sep-01-06 04:45 PM   #10 
     - Big Dawg never gets away with anything.  tsuki   Sep-01-06 05:13 PM   #23 
        - Why should he not be criticized ever?  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:16 PM   #25 
           - Haven't read many of my posts.  greyhound1966   Sep-02-06 01:02 PM   #92 
  - He could have spoken up and said he disagreed with what she was saying.  Benhurst   Sep-01-06 04:37 PM   #3 
  - Thank you. He needed to speak up for the people she insulted.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 04:42 PM   #8 
  - could have and should have  notsodumbhillbilly   Sep-01-06 06:30 PM   #73 
  - Nafta was a good thing, just not for the American working class  acmejack   Sep-01-06 08:40 PM   #87 
  - Yes, of course  savemefromdumbya   Sep-01-06 05:49 PM   #51 
  - Anyone who doesn't speak up in protest about Katrina, 9/11, Iraq, Lebanon,  TheGoldenRule   Sep-02-06 01:20 PM   #94 
  - Sometimes it seems the only redeeming value  EST   Sep-01-06 04:38 PM   #4 
  - Really, what did you want BC to do?  napi21   Sep-01-06 04:39 PM   #5 
  - It was in the Spike Lee Katrina series.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 04:41 PM   #6 
     - She's an old woman who doesn't hold a public office.  Eric J in MN   Sep-03-06 12:19 AM   #120 
  - I remember the video, I could have sworn Bush I was sitting next to her.  cat_girl25   Sep-01-06 04:42 PM   #7 
  - It's kinda hard to criticize your newly "adopted" mom.  Skidmore   Sep-01-06 04:43 PM   #9 
  - As much as I'd have loved to see him clock the bitch...  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 04:47 PM   #11 
  - I did not expect him to be violent. Just speak out.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 04:49 PM   #12 
     - No, Sharpton was wrong.  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 04:51 PM   #13 
     - Yes, too late now to make it right.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 04:59 PM   #15 
        - madfloridian...  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 05:03 PM   #18 
           - I know the phrase.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:08 PM   #20 
              - Are you telling me you'd have done better yourself?  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 05:18 PM   #27 
                 - I was not a two-term president...  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:23 PM   #28 
                    - Ha ha  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 05:24 PM   #30 
     - No Sharpton is not right.  Libby2   Sep-01-06 07:03 PM   #79 
     - Mr. Sharpton doesn't have a whole lot of room to criticize. Take a look.  sofedupwithbush   Sep-03-06 12:09 AM   #118 
     - I'd have at least RAISED AN EYEBROW.  elehhhhna   Sep-02-06 11:33 PM   #114 
        - You'd have had to hear her first. Clinton has poor hearing.  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 11:56 PM   #116 
           - Point taken. Didn't know that!  elehhhhna   Sep-03-06 12:09 AM   #119 
              - He finally got hearing aids when he was about 50, but  pnwmom   Sep-03-06 12:36 AM   #121 
                 - I get ya. Hubs has idiopathic hearing loss in 1 ear. Even w/ his  elehhhhna   Sep-03-06 11:50 AM   #123 
  - He did EXACTLY the right thing.He left her nasty words hanging in the air,  pnwmom   Sep-01-06 04:52 PM   #14 
  - Then maybe we should do that whenever they attack us.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:02 PM   #17 
  - There is a difference  Rosemary2205   Sep-01-06 05:24 PM   #29 
  - I feel if he is going to hang out with them, he needs to be careful.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:28 PM   #35 
     - The people who take Babs seriously  Rosemary2205   Sep-01-06 05:30 PM   #36 
  - The difference is . . .  pnwmom   Sep-01-06 10:29 PM   #88 
  - Agree. He let her hang herself with her own  stanwyck   Sep-01-06 05:13 PM   #22 
  - That's one of the hallmarks of a narcissist -- complete lack of empathy.  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 12:54 PM   #91 
  - The joint efforts with BUsh I over the tsunami are long gone.  cyclezealot   Sep-01-06 05:27 PM   #32 
  - Yes, he did the right thing.  fortyfeetunder   Sep-02-06 05:28 AM   #90 
  - Agreed.  guinivere   Sep-03-06 12:05 PM   #125 
  - This is asinine.  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:00 PM   #16 
  - I doubt the Katrina evacuees who heard her felt that way.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:05 PM   #19 
  - You didn't offend me but your expectations are way too high.  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:27 PM   #31 
     - Your statement tells me all I need to know.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:34 PM   #39 
        - Six strawmen, one post. Not bad, but I've seen you do better.  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:37 PM   #41 
           - The defenses here are not good.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:40 PM   #43 
              - Ah! So now this is a personal attack on you!  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:47 PM   #48 
              - How do you know he even heard her? She's a short woman and  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 05:52 PM   #96 
  - I agree  durrrty libby   Sep-01-06 05:09 PM   #21 
  - A good point.  cyclezealot   Sep-02-06 04:58 AM   #89 
  - I am thinking some strange thoughts right now.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:14 PM   #24 
  - So we should hate Clinton because of the heroes of Katrina?  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:35 PM   #40 
  - To say there is to be no criticism of a leader....  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:18 PM   #26 
  - Excuse you.  Rosemary2205   Sep-01-06 05:28 PM   #33 
  - Criticise the guy all you want.  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 05:28 PM   #34 
  - And yet you criticize others for strawman arguments?  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:30 PM   #37 
  - What could he have done?  KingFlorez   Sep-01-06 05:32 PM   #38 
  - Barbara Bush said they were better off for losing their homes...  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:37 PM   #42 
  - You're right.  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 05:40 PM   #44 
  - You apparently have forgotten that President Clinton has diagnosed  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 06:00 PM   #97 
  - Barbara is a vile woman  buddhamama   Sep-01-06 05:42 PM   #45 
  - Sharpton also accused Dean of having an "anti-black agenda".  LoZoccolo   Sep-01-06 05:44 PM   #46 
  - Because Sharpton cared enough to speak up for the victims of Katrina..  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:49 PM   #50 
     - So did a lot of other people.  LoZoccolo   Sep-01-06 05:51 PM   #52 
     - And Clinton lets Barbara trash Katrina victims while standing beside her.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 06:00 PM   #61 
        - There is no way that's worse.  LoZoccolo   Sep-01-06 06:07 PM   #65 
           - Do you blame Spike Lee as well?  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 07:26 PM   #85 
              - Sure.  LoZoccolo   Sep-01-06 07:45 PM   #86 
     - Everytime someone doesn't agree with you the world is falling apart.  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:51 PM   #53 
        - I said something true. It is the drama surrounding it.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 06:27 PM   #72 
           - With all sincerity and no malice I'm saying this:  last1standing   Sep-01-06 06:49 PM   #74 
              - I am not upset at all.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 06:51 PM   #75 
                 - Okay, then lets end this debate with the understanding...  last1standing   Sep-01-06 06:59 PM   #77 
  - My husband had the same reaction to the video...he was alarmed  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:46 PM   #47 
  - Now that's unbiased support if ever I heard it.  last1standing   Sep-01-06 05:48 PM   #49 
     - Poor Mr. Floridian.  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 05:52 PM   #54 
        - That's Mrs. Floridian, please.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:53 PM   #56 
           - I was talking about your husband.  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 05:54 PM   #57 
              - My husband is even worse than I am.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:56 PM   #59 
                 - So the rest of us aren't real Democrats!  last1standing   Sep-01-06 06:00 PM   #60 
                    - Now you are just getting funny.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 06:02 PM   #63 
                       - Do real democrats stick their feet in their mouths?  Bornaginhooligan   Sep-01-06 06:07 PM   #66 
                       - Thanks. I was trying to put some humor in there.  last1standing   Sep-01-06 06:09 PM   #67 
  - Ok, then, Clinton was right. He needed to keep his powder dry.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 05:52 PM   #55 
  - I agree Clinton should have spoken up...  ikojo   Sep-01-06 05:56 PM   #58 
  - My question  Neecy   Sep-01-06 06:02 PM   #62 
  - The Republican spin was that her remarks were taken out of context.  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 11:58 PM   #117 
  - Ok, then. He should have kept quiet.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 06:04 PM   #64 
  - Are you for real this time?  LoZoccolo   Sep-01-06 06:11 PM   #68 
  - That is for you to decide.  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 06:22 PM   #71 
     - There is absolutely no reason to believe that Clinton even  DURHAM D   Sep-01-06 07:10 PM   #80 
     - I think not, because your credibility is shot.  LoZoccolo   Sep-01-06 07:16 PM   #82 
        - What credibility?  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 07:21 PM   #84 
  - I, for one, am willing to take you at your word.  last1standing   Sep-01-06 06:14 PM   #69 
  - Bill stood silent, because HE WAS SHAMED by her words:  WinkyDink   Sep-01-06 06:20 PM   #70 
  - Since it was 5 years since HIS administration, and the two Bushes  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 06:06 PM   #98 
  - God only knows what they have on Bill ,The greatest Manager of our country  orpupilofnature57   Sep-01-06 06:58 PM   #76 
  - Oh brother  Libby2   Sep-01-06 07:01 PM   #78 
  - Mad - all I can say is:  DURHAM D   Sep-01-06 07:16 PM   #81 
  - Because I question why people do things?  madfloridian   Sep-01-06 07:18 PM   #83 
  - LOL! n/t  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 06:07 PM   #99 
     - LOL  madfloridian   Sep-02-06 07:13 PM   #106 
  - I swear to Dog! If Bill Clinton had actually strangled a grandmother in  greyhound1966   Sep-02-06 01:16 PM   #93 
  - what I don't understand is why you think Bill Clinton owes  paulk   Sep-02-06 01:28 PM   #95 
  - You think much differently than I do. And you know what else I think?  madfloridian   Sep-02-06 06:11 PM   #101 
     - what does any of this have to do with your OP?  paulk   Sep-02-06 10:58 PM   #109 
  - Bill would probably say the same thing I would have said if I had been  RGBolen   Sep-02-06 06:11 PM   #100 
  - Bill Clinton has had hearing loss for decades.  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 06:16 PM   #102 
  - I certainly sympathize with that  DavidD   Sep-02-06 07:18 PM   #107 
  - what utter bullshit  HuffleClaw   Sep-02-06 06:53 PM   #103 
  - No, not really.  madfloridian   Sep-02-06 07:08 PM   #104 
     - "Why are the Clintons hanging around with the Bushes and the Murdochs"  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 11:04 PM   #110 
        - Perhaps you don't know that I don't trash any Democrats.  madfloridian   Sep-02-06 11:22 PM   #113 
           - I don't think it would be trashing Clinton to ask that question.  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 11:54 PM   #115 
  - Everybody having fun yet?  madfloridian   Sep-02-06 07:12 PM   #105 
  - How does Sharpton or anyone else even know that Clinton HEARD what  pnwmom   Sep-02-06 10:39 PM   #108 
     - Hey, I got the message.  madfloridian   Sep-02-06 11:13 PM   #111 
  - Did you expect any different from Clinton?  CollegeDUer   Sep-02-06 11:13 PM   #112 
  - Hey, you'll never know the wealth & power of getting a seat with the  LaPera   Sep-03-06 01:20 AM   #122 
  - He's got a point. Why was Clinton there with the Bush's at all?  Beelzebud   Sep-03-06 11:51 AM   #124 

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