Syndicated radio star Rush Limbaugh will stay on the air with technical aids and anti-arthritic medication as doctors continue to treat his sudden hearing loss.
During a Thursday morning press conference to discuss Limbaugh's condition, attending specialist Dr. Antonio De La Cruz of the House Ear Clinic and Institute in Los Angeles called the radio host's inner ear infection an "uncommon" auto-immune arthritic infection. De La Cruz said Limbaugh's condition was being treated with a combination of steroids and drugs to combat rheumatoid arthritis "in the hopes that we can reverse it."
Some response to treatment is hoped for with four to eight weeks, but De La Cruz said transplant surgery was a possibility if medication and hearing aids didn't help. Limbaugh is wearing hearing aids on both ears while wearing headphone on air.
Kitchen emphasized Limbaugh's "commitment" to staying on air and fulfilling his current contract, which runs through 2009. - Richard Tedesco