Gina Carano, who was a trailblazer in women’s fighting, recently revealed that she lost 95% of her hearing during her now infamous “cancelling” from the crowd (Democrats) that likes to commit themselves to that type of hateful behavior.
Carano began her career being a force to reckon with in both Strikeforce and EliteXC. Following in the footsteps of other athletes, Carano moved from sports to movies, appearing in such films as Deadpool and Fast and Furious 6, and of course the Mandalorian. It was when she was working for Lucasfilm/Disney+ that she got cancelled, about 18 months ago, for speaking the truth.
Carano appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, according to a report and informed listeners of her hearing loss, which she attributed to the stress of being cancelled.
“Carano said, “I had all these really scary incidences with like stalkers…. I lost all my hearing. Like my hearing just went away… As soon as it happened, I had earmuffs on me.”
Rogan asked, “So 90% of your hearing?” Carano answered, “Yeah, like 95 (%). I couldn’t hear anything. “
She added, “I couldn’t talk to anybody on the phone. I just barely got Ben Shapiro on the phone that night, but I was still, kind of like, ‘what’, you know? Like tryna hear everything he says and everything past that had to be over text message. And I couldn’t talk to my family.”
The report went on to say that Carano’s hearing has recovered, stating “Carano’s hearing is now much better, and she seemed to be fit and healthy in her conversation with Joe Rogan.”
Acute stress can indeed lead to hearing loss, according to Hearing Consultants:
“When your body responds to stress, the overproduction of adrenaline reduces blood flow to the ears, affecting hearing. The fragile hair cells in the inner ear rely on a constant flow of blood to receive the right amount of oxygen and other nutrients. When daily stress builds up day after day it can disturb blood circulation throughout the body and without a constant blood flow, the hair cells can become damaged sometimes permanently. This can lead to immediate hearing loss if you become so stressed that blood flow to the ears is stopped completely.“
More information is found in a study from 2000, that sought “to test the hypothesis of stress as a predisposing risk factor in the development of sudden hearing loss and tinnitus.” The study found that the “hypothesis of more frequent and more stressful life events and daily hassles was supported empirically.” And “The dominant role of daily hassles, especially their stressfulness as a risk factor, was shown clearly.”
Any person that has a moderate-severe hearing loss (or greater) can tell you about the challenges that occur by not being able to hear well. Phones, especially when the other end is using the speakerphone, become near impossible for communication. It can be very frustrating for these people to communicate when they only hear one of every ten words in noise. The ability to hear over a loud (or even not so loud) stereo or TV, or in restaurants or concerts, is near impossible. After a while, many tend to retract from social functions, as it causes them stress–not knowing which person they may end up conversing with will be a mumbler (or very quiet voice), or which one will enunciate clearly with a voice that projects.
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We hope Carano’s hearing has indeed returned!
If there is someone in your life with a hearing disability, Starkey has a great simulator that gives you an idea of the person that is [not] hearing.