Ben Cohen2Former rugby star Ben Cohen has not only stood up for gay rights, but is also the founder of The Stand Up Foundation to help those suffering from homophobia and bullying.  Cohen has been a huge campaigner for human rights and has vowed to eliminate homophobia from professional sports, but the rugby star has had to accept some advice from Sir Elton John about his own life.  According to Pink News on Monday, Cohen says that the pop icon once convinced him to get a hearing aid.

The 34-year old was told by doctors that he was losing a third of his hearing which caused him to retire early from the sport of rugby.  Cohen had acquired tinnitus in his mid 20s but refused to wear a hearing aid because he thought they were “ineffective.”  It wasn’t until he found out that he lost 50% of his hearing that he decided to listen.  READ MORE