Michael Cole Has 65% Hearing Loss, Uses Special In-Ear Piece To Hear

Michael Cole has been part of the on-screen WWE universe since 1997 when he debuted as an interviewer.

Since then, Cole has become the lead announcer on television and currently provides play-by-play commentary for WWE SmackDown alongside Pat McAfee. Before joining WWE, worked for CBS Radio and covered major events such as the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, the Yugoslavian civil war, and the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing.

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Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, Cole revealed that he is technically deaf.

"I'm actually 65% hearing loss. They make these special in-ear pieces that go underneath my headset on air, so I can actually hear," he said.

McAfee noted that he'll have to scream things at Cole and they pondered whether years of doing commentary or explosions from his pre-WWE days led to the hearing loss.

Speaking about working in WWE, Cole said, "When the red light goes on, it's fun. There's a lot leading up to it and a lot of stuff that happens during the week, but Friday nights at 8 o'clock, when that red light goes on, it's the best job in the world. You get to be play-by-play guy, color analyst, but you also get to be a storyteller and a narrator. You get to be an actor, you're part of the show. It's the best of every world possible."

In a previous appearance on McAfee's show, Cole commented how McAfee has revitalized his career on commentary. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

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