The recent death of Dr.Timothy Boreing really hit me by surprise when I heard the news. First of all, my wife had just visited with him a few months ago. I was suppose to be going to see him next as well as my son, but I missed my appointment, and now it will never happen. The latest development states that Dr. Boreing committed suicide, but the reason why is what made this really hit home for me.

About 5 years ago, I was sitting at my desk in my office and my ears popped. I honestly didn't think too much of it and I continued doing my work. About an hour later my wife called me during lunch like we usually do for one another. I told my wife I couldn't understand what she was saying and thought she was talking to me on her bluetooth mic. She stated that she was on her cell phone but not the bluetooth which made it even more confusing as to why I was understanding her. I told her to hang up, and let me call her back, and it was the same thing. Obviously, I didn't know what was happening, but we immediately made reservations for a ear specialist to check on my hearing. She called me back later that evening, and to my dismay nothing had changed. My hearing was very faint and words were muffled, but when I put my headphones on everything sounded ok.

I went home that night and was worried because I didn't know exactly what was happening, and barely slept that night. When I did get to sleep, it wasn't long before I was awaken by the same pop but it was in my left ear. Things were clear again, and I understood every word. Unfortunately, in my right ear I had the same problem as the previous day before. We got a doctors appointment for the next day, and went to see a specialist for dealing with this issue. They ran plenty of test and while my left ear was fine, the right ear was not getting better. We eventually went to Houston, and received  no good news there either. What I was experiencing aside from not hearing normal was a high- pitched ringing in my ear. I had never had this before and it was truly annoying. We finally went to another doctor here in Lake Charles, and I was diagnosed with tinnitus which is a ringing in the ear, and while the doctor was hopeful that no further damage had been done. She didn't truly feel like I would regain the full use of hearing in my right ear.

When I read that Dr. Boreing was experiencing this as well, it got me thinking. Sure there are days that I have the ringing in my ear, and sometimes it gets a little overbearing. However, I try to think of something else or put myself mentally in another place. It has helped me along the way and I have actually become adjusted to living with this daily. A few months ago there was news that the Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Jones actually developed tinnitus from COVID and it became so unbearable that he committed Suicide as well. Just a couple of months ago Tank stated that he was losing hearing in his right ear as well.

This can be traumatizing for anyone and it is something that more people than we know are dealing with this. I want to send out my condolences to Dr. Timothy Boreing's family and to anyone who may going through something like this at this moment. It will get better and the future will be so much brighter. Continue thinking positively and don't allow the negativity to win.

 

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