Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 11:56 am  |  12 responses

Yao Ming Says He’s Partially Deaf in His Left Ear

Who knew? In one of multiple video interviews he conducted with Yahoo! Sports, Yao admits that he has trouble hearing out of his left ear. The Sporting News is on the details: “Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming revealed that he is partially deaf in his left ear, and has been so since he was eight years old. In a series of interviews, Yao talks with Graham Bensinger of Yahoo! Sports about several topics, including his favorite game he’s played in (versus Slovenia in 2006 FIBA World Championships) and his proudest moments (leading the Houston Rockets into the second round of the NBA playoffs and playing for China in the 2008 Summer Olympics). The one thing that stood out, though, was Yao’s description of the lack of hearing in his left ear. Yao spoke with Bensinger about how that has affected his game. The big man, who played in NBA arenas packed with people, said he had a hard time hearing when it was loud. When Bensinger asked Yao how that’s affected him over the years, Yao’s response was, ‘Not many, not many. I can still clearly hear from my right side. If I’m ever at dinner or at a meeting I try to sit on the left side of the table so everyone is on my right side.’ The hearing loss in his left ear began when he was eight, Yao said.”

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  • http://Zogs.ca Zogs

    I’m sorry.. But frankly who gives a sh*t

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    This article should have been titled ‘NBA Bloggers now have 1 thousand words to write about nothing.’

  • Yann Blavec

    Seriously, what could have been …

  • Dirk Nowitzki’s Mane


  • rv6

    Who knew? A lot of people. This has been reported before.http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=hughes_frank&id=1678375

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    “Never on the left cause my right’s my good ear”

  • http://dfklf.com Jukai

    … I mean… Jeff Van Gundy said this on national television. Tracy McGrady and Jeff Van Gundy would joke that Yao Ming’s deaf ear changed depending on whatever side they were standing next to him on. I think I’ve heard this from seven different outlets four to five years ago.
    But yeah, who knew?

  • Heals

    Nice anecdote Jukai I hadn’t heard that T-mac, JVG exchange before…

  • larrylegend

    could be worse, yao, i am partly deaf on both ears ;-)

  • http://slamonline.com YKNOT

    Yao=M.C. Fisticuffs. Turn my headphones up son!

  • MarkyB

    TMacs fault

  • D-Block

    So does this explains why Yao would usually get posterized from the left baseline?