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Old 07-08-2020, 03:11 PM   #1
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Old 07-08-2020, 03:29 PM   #2
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FLL was active yesterday at around 1pm.

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I thought the same thing and then he posted something unrelated on ishoot's thread a day or two ago.

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That's funny, I was about to ask also and then noticed he posted.
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Acording to forum statistics he is no longer the super poster that we all think of at first glance (if that seems possible) Granted he has a lot of posts over the past 16 years and is *simply rated as number 1 based soley on post counts alone, but other newer members will take him over with a shorter duration on the forum in no time. I suspect we will have new super poster in no time. A few folks here are posting at an astounding rate of 1 .55 post per day (changes daily) a much higher rate than the current top ten. Not a great accomplishment when you figure only 1 out of 14.5 posts gets a thank you or provides something worth while. Someone who is really good at statistics could provide a much better explanation than I can. Number one or "supper poster" is all relative to what you contribute.
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I have always tried, not always successfully, to be a positive poster. Some overly prolific, not necessarily positive or negative, just too much, posters have been blocked. No problem.
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Sorry forgive me just coming off of a 10week short-term disability. Notice at work I'm still making a lot of typing errors. Prescribed the wrong medication ...... it can really mess you up.
Sorry for your issues. I just thought it was funny because FLL has fed us so much stuff over the years, it was like supper.

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Why would ANYONE want to "poke the Bear" (FLL) and wake him …………. life here has been good !! don't wreck it.

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Old 07-09-2020, 06:57 PM   #9
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No worries...he's been busy in the " Noodle Lab". The noodle based " social distancing head gear" was so successful that he is working on a prototype that will allow boaters to safely raft and mingle at Braun Bay...it's taking longer than he thought...he's having difficulty finding components that are impervious to urine...

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No harm done even on a good day I screw up ...... but I'll tell ya ....... taking the wrong prescription meds really messed me up. Nothing worse than passing out at a *new doctors office during the height of the pandemic and waking up in an abulance and not knowing how or why you were there.
Yipes, sorry to hear that. I passed out unexpectedly a few years ago--very scary until they figure out the cause is nothing to worry about
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No harm done even on a good day I screw up ...... but I'll tell ya ....... taking the wrong prescription meds really messed me up. Nothing worse than passing out at a *new doctors office during the height of the pandemic and waking up in an abulance and not knowing how or why you were there.
Oof, that's rough. Hope the docs have figured things out and that there's no residual damage. My infant son was prescribed Amoxicillin some years back, and it wiped him out. I'll never forget how scared we were when he wouldn't get up to play or eat or anything. That was a result of not knowing his allergies, but as an adult it would seem to be a bigger mistake.

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Suddenly FLL doesn't seem so bad after reading some of these COVID posts.........
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Suddenly FLL doesn't seem so bad after reading some of these COVID posts.........
Speaking of Covid...
I seem to recall one of FLL's later posts talking about MWV- doesn't he have a place there?

I got the feeling (from the post) he was going there to get away from here (tourists?).
As I say, just a feeling.

Shouldn't stop him from posting though.
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FLL seemed to post some stuff that was wildly off topic, but amusing to many. Since late in 2019 and growing with virus isolation, we've had some volume posters that, it appears, FLL just couldn't compete with. It's interesting that I hear reports that work at home productivity si up, but also appears that work at homers are diverting their attention from work to recreational net surfing.
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FLL has been posting today. He's alive and well in cyberspace.

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Old 05-31-2021, 11:30 AM   #16
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Fatlazyless (FLL) normally posts multiple posts at least several times per day, but he hasn't made a single posting for more than two weeks. I believe his last post was on May 13th, 2021.

I've always found his posts to be a bit different (if not outright amusing).

Anyone else notice he's missing? Hopefully he's okay.
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His last activity was 5/21 at 12:44 pm....I’m not worried.....yet.

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He's getting back in line outside the new Gilford Harbor Freight store--they're offering "free stuff".
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And here I thought FLL was you, along with CW
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Probably didn't pay his internet bill.

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Heaven forfend! He wouldn’t be blacklisted. He’s too entertaining and would be terribly missed.


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CW, my former "Chipmunk Whisperer" user-name could tell you what was on a certain laptop computer—information that U.S. (MSM) media is withholding from you! That information can't be shared here.
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Here I thought he elected himself as Mother Nature's helper, where she's been playing catch-up with Global Warming lately?
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In all seriousness, it's been a few days now and radio silence. Anyone Webmaster?

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Hey Everyone ....... I've been dealing with a medical problem for the past two weeks and am getting some med care at the fantastic medical resources in Plymouth ....... and ...... NO ..... am not talking about the you-know-what .... (Wallyworld) ....... so's a big THANK-YOU to everyone for their concern about me ...... you all have a great day out on the Big Lake ...... and enjoy the high 90-temps in the forecast.

I look forward to getting back on this forum but for now is probably best that I take a little break and just chill out and go for long walks. Seems like walking is the best therapy along with good medical care.
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Given our behind-the-scenes contact, I believe he decided some time back that the forum wasn't what it once was and moved on.

The seaplane thread may be a good example of that, but I shan't speak for him.

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Given our behind-the-scenes contact, I believe he decided some time back that the forum wasn't what it once was and moved on.

The seaplane thread may be a good example of that, but I shan't speak for him.

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He is alive and well...traveling between his house in Gilford and his house in Gilford!

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Still around, I emailed him today. I enjoy seeing those pics of his Bennington popping up on Facebook and wmur. Love that boat!
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Given our behind-the-scenes contact, I believe he decided some time back that the forum wasn't what it once was and moved on. The seaplane thread may be a good example of that, but I shan't speak for him.
Ishoot308 wasn't big on the Restaurant forum, either.

FB has "robbed" many local forums of participants, and is now engaged in outright censorship.
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Ishoot308 wasn't big on the Restaurant forum, either.
Not so sure of that--he and I both decried Think's deeply flawed ice cream reviews...An absolute travesty to value toppings over the ice cream itself...
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Not so sure of that--he and I both decried Think's deeply flawed ice cream reviews...An absolute travesty to value toppings over the ice cream itself...
How DARE you!
Speaking of which, I think I'm on the cusp of moving away from marshmallow and peanut butter sauces to marshmallow and strawberry sauces. I wasn't quite ready last night, but a couple weeks ago at Bailey's Bubble they had a blueberry cake ice cream that sounded like it would be divine...when coated with marshmallow and strawberry sauces, so I think it's in my future!

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That a way to go off topic FLL would love it !
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Hi FLL,

So sorry to hear about this. I hope you will go to an ENT and, probably more importantly, a neurologist in Boston soon.

I do not know any neurologists, but I have an excellent ear specialist that I saw for my (mild) tinnitus and hearing loss. He's one of the most respected in the area https://www.vernickandgopal.com/meet...ernick-md-facs

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Hi FLL;

So sorry to hear of your issues. With that said, I would really urge you to head into Boston to Mass Eye + Ear and sees a specialist that "may" be able to offer you some type of solution or assistance with your specific issue.

Granted, going to MA (specifically Boston) isn't really pleasant driving or convenient at all, BUT if they are able to solve your issues then it will be like striking Gold and very worth all of the inconvenience.

Don't do it on a Monday because that is when traffic is the worse.

Another alternative is to grab the Commuter Rail (from Andover or Lowell), and it will drop you at North Station in Boston (which is in within easy walking distance of Mass Eye and Ear).

You, and you alone are in charge of your good health and well being. Please take care of yourself.
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Dementia???? what type of quackery is that? Git yer butt to a real doc, fire up that 1974 Ford Maverick or what ever it is you drive, fill it up with some of that cheap gas only you can find and start driving down to Boston and get it figured out. It's probably something more on line of Meniere's disease.

Dementia? It kind of pisses me off that someone would tell someone that based off an ear exam, quackery.

There is a moral to this story, and that is to find a good general practitioner who can guide you through these issues and steer you away from the quacks.

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I think it was just said as a joke at the time in the examination room by a young woman assistant who was not really aware to how bad I was feeling with the sounds of tinnitus going through my head. I was shocked to hear that word ...... it is a word that is usually used with a serious meaning especially as one starts to age.

It was just something said as a joke that I should forget about ..... everyone says things that they later regret.

Anyway, I was extremely upset to hear that, had a mini nervous break-down over it for a day or so, spoke with my sister in Newton who insists this is tinnitus due to a clogged eustachian tube dysfunction and she mailed me a brand new, prescription small bottle of nasal decongestant, Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray which actually seems to help lower the white noise levels and sometimes eliminate the internal hissing.


Today at 3-pm I have been referred see Patrick Fitzpatrick DO, ENT, from the Littleton Hospital at an office in Plymouth and here's hoping I get some good results like a new medication, or get a lot of ear wax removed out of my ears, or something.

You are very correct with the need to have a good primary care doctor probably to navigate the medical care and get an early start on a problem ..... excellent advice.

Am seriously not sure where I will end up with this problem of ringing in the ears, and am seriously concerned. Now is time to go take a two mile walk around Waterville Valley, and then jump in the little pond for a swim, water temp-about 65 degrees so I use a noodle swim belt for swimming the cold water. Walking and swimming is how I get away from this internal hissing problem.
Maybe I am overreacting, but the remark about dementia by the young assistant was absolutely inexcusable, even if it was made in jest. It upset you, and that is very wrong. As we age, the dementia word can be pretty unsettling. Every time I misplace something, my mind travels to the unthinkable.....oh no...I must have dementia. FLL, I am sorry he/she said that to you.
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FLL, be sure to spend some time trying to identify when the symptoms subside. There may very well be a physiological source of your difficulties, but from what I've read about tinnitus, there are psychological/lifestyle changes that can minimize its effects.

It sounds like you may have already started to discover some—walking, swimming, etc.—so pay attention to what your body is telling you.

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I think it was just said as a joke at the time in the examination room by a young woman assistant who was not really aware to how bad I was feeling with the sounds of tinnitus going through my head. I was shocked to hear that word ...... it is a word that is usually used with a serious meaning especially as one starts to age.

It was just something said as a joke that I should forget about ..... everyone says things that they later regret.

Anyway, I was extremely upset to hear that, had a mini nervous break-down over it for a day or so, spoke with my sister in Newton who insists this is tinnitus due to a clogged eustachian tube dysfunction and she mailed me a brand new, prescription small bottle of nasal decongestant, Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray which actually seems to help lower the white noise levels and sometimes eliminate the internal hissing.

Today at 3-pm I have been referred see Patrick Fitzpatrick DO, ENT, from the Littleton Hospital at an office in Plymouth and here's hoping I get some good results like a new medication, or get a lot of ear wax removed out of my ears, or something.

You are very correct with the need to have a good primary care doctor probably to navigate the medical care and get an early start on a problem ..... excellent advice.

Am seriously not sure where I will end up with this problem of ringing in the ears, and am seriously concerned. Now is time to go take a two mile walk around Waterville Valley, and then jump in the little pond for a swim, water temp-about 65 degrees so I use a noodle swim belt for swimming the cold water. Walking and swimming is how I get away from this internal hissing problem.
I hear you on the assistant maybe joking around and you were probably kidding with them too. People say dumb things sometimes, especially me. I generally don't joke with docs while discussing issues, I find it confuses them.

I will tell you that I have dealt with several older relatives with dementia over the last 10 or so years and none of them, even in the early stages, would have been able to write as you write now, so I doubt you have it.

Allergies have been bad this year, which block things up and can cause ringing in the ears, voice of experience here. I'm still thinking menier's disease, which is aggravated by allergies and salt of all things. EDIT: and caffeine

Anyway, I hope you get this sorted, hopefully it's nothing serious.

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Whether stated inappropriately or not, there seems to be some basis for the statement.

Search for "tinnitus and dementia link". Several studies come up. THis is just one.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...of%20attention.
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FLL, for what it's worth, I've had tinnitus for about a dozen years now, slowly getting worse. I think it's a bit different with everyone. I find it is harder to block the noise now whereas earlier on, I would hear it less often. For the uninitiated, imagine the high buzzing sound of an old fluorescent light fixture and multiply that several times and that's what it's like for me (at least). I have heard it can get so severe it can practically drive you mad. I was told by a hearing specialist a few years back that they can fit you with frequency canceling hearing aids that you tune to your particular frequency and it greatly reduces the sound. If it continues to worsen for me, that's in the cards for me.
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What you describe ..... high buzzing sound of an old fluorescent light fixture ..... is a very accurate description on what I have.

So yesterday I was seen for a short time, about ten minutes, by Dr Patrick Fitzpatrick ENT from North Country Otolaryngology, Littleton Hospital. He's a young guy in his thirties with red hair and seems very very good. Now, I have a hearing test on July 7 up north at Littleton Hospital.

Supposedly, the tinnitus noise comes from the cochlea inside the inner ear.

Am going down to Boston and working on getting an appointment with either Mass Eye & Ear or Vernick and Gopal because I really want to get this frigg'n problem repaired and I have two sisters living down there.

Do not want to wait, but want to get the best care I can get, asap, pdq.
SMART move by acting on this immediately! Nip it at the bud. Hope it all works out.
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My tinnitus started before I was in my teens--and gradually got worse. It is most intense after dinner, when sitting in front of the computer. Caffeine is mentioned as suspect, but that's not going to change. (Not giving up my two daily mugs of coffee)...!

Described above as "internal white noise", my answer has been to provide external white noise. (Fan or space heater). It masks the ringing until it can be ignored. (Just now, the ringing has started up again, simply thinking about the topic).

I had a particularly difficult session with tinnitus when, as a teenager, I skiied to our family's empty lakefront cottage. It started as a windless, bright, and sunny day. This was in the "dead of winter", when everything was covered with deep snow. Since snowmobiles weren't a "thing" back then, the silence at the cottage was driving me crazy. All I could hear was my ears assailing my head from within!

I left immediately, shuffling off on skis, for the eight-mile return to Wolfeboro. (Over the lake ice, having seen nobody for hours, and feeling the thick ice rumbling like thunder under my skis).

Particularly distracting (which is an important relief for tinnitus) was a sudden black cloud cover--a strong headwind had come up--accompanied by a sudden drop in temperature from 40° to about 0°!

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I agree 100% that external distractions help. Aside from keeping busy with various projects that provide distractions, I happen to enjoy music from past decades….Goodman, Dorsey, etc., and can listen for hours. That sort of thing can make you oblivious (almost) to the tinnitus.
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Getting an appointment in Mass with an ear guy that quickly is really good. When I had problems a while ago (ear infection) they were out 6 months.


Less, you've had a clean mri, you are not falling down, you can rigorously exercise. You are relatively comfortable, wait it out for the appointment.

I suspect they will want more tests, once again, rule out menier's (sp), stick with the expert you have an appointment with. The doc at Laconia probably has Fridays off anyway.

I hope they can get you some relief, but you need to start coming to terms with the fact this might be your new normal. Hopefully not, but getting old is not for sissies.

Stop running to the ER for stuff like this, if you go in begging for action, you might get it and it might not be what you need or it might make things worse.
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So ....... what the heck should I do with myself and my inner white noise, "tinnitus" problem? What ......o-what ...... do I do, do, do?

This is a totally serious question and excuse me for being a little blunt here.

I was able to get an appointment on June 23 at the Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary at the Newton Wellesley Hospital to see both an E.N.T. doctor and an audiologist.
June 23 is about twelve days away and I do not want to co-exist with this white noise, hissing problem and do nothing about it between now and June 23. Is possible I will not get any good results even at the MEEI on June 23, you know.

My recent MRI-exam from Speare Hospital Radiology was examined by the radiologist and it showed no problem, I was told by a nurse on the phone, without going into any details. It gave me a clean, healthy report.

I am like a very healthy 69-year old, capable to walk three fast miles around the town and through the forest, and then swim about 200-yards of 65-degree pond water with a foam noodle-swim belt doing the breast stroke or side stroke, here in Waterville Valley. I just have this unbelievable "tinnitus" problem and am not getting the care I want to get ... hut-hut-hut! I actually like to do this as a way to escape the tinnitus white noise issue because walking and swimming sort of make the problem, go away, during the activity.

So, what I could do is to take myself, tomorrow-Friday, June 11, to either the Speare Hospital, Plymouth or Concord Hospital in Laconia ....... Emergency Room ...... in an effort to get some better care.

For the record I've received both shots of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccination.

I actually have pretty good health insurance, Medicare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield plus substantial financial resources ...... and, as the saying goes, one cannot take it with you .....so's I definitely want to get after this health issue ..... asap-pdq.

Am thinking the hospital in Laconia has an Otolaryngology Dept, while the hospital in Plymouth does not, so I should probably drive myself to the Laconia Emergency Room ....... tomorrow morning-Friday ...... all things considered ...... with my dire situation.

I figure that doing nothing and waiting till June 23 is not a smart plan ...... am better to go to the Laconia E.R. where they probably have experience with my type of medical problem and maybe I can find an E.N.T. doctor who will be a strong help for me.

Wish me luck ........ and .......... pray for me! .......fll
I do not have Tinitus, but do have some ear problems myself.... that now that I have grown to not be concerned about it, most often I don't even notice it.. But that takes time.....

(Note, I get a click in my ear from specific muscles spasming, there where treatments that worked to some degree, but it was more matter of leaning to ignore it, it will not go away and the surgical option doesn't make sense unless they have to go in for something else)

Unless you feel the issue is putting your life at risk, I am not sure I would go the ER route... while the might find something, chance are based on what you have said has been done so far they will not... and in the end you will have maybe gotten a second MRI, and second un-educated opinion on something that really requires a special to help you figure out... All Dr. are simply not created equal, and I don't mean to imply the Dr. in the ER are not educated, they are just not specialized.. and that is what you are in need off.

So how to live until you go into MEEI..... well just stay busy is the best thing, which it sounds like you are doing....

I am sorry I don't have any good answer, but hopefully knowing that there are others out there that face similar circumstances helps...

Now on the wise guy side, this weekend make your why down the Wiers Beach... ALl the motor cycles and boat noise, should drown that white noise out at least for a while and give you some releif...

Take it easy FLL, and hope you get some answers and relief soon......
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You will be in excellent hands at Mass Eye and Ear. My son has been treated there for years and they have so many docs who are so specialized, I am confident if the docs you see there initially can't figure out your problem, you will be directed to the proper one who can. Best of luck..
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I agree with MM and ITD. You'll get the best possible care at Mass General. It would just be a frustrating waste to visit an ER before then. Best case, the ER will refer you to Mass General

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Just read the same article. Don't know about the mindfulness part. I'm a low-key person, no stress. No amount of 'masking' affects it for me. I'm inclined to go along with the fact there's really not much to be done. Pretty much a 'grin and bear it'. All in all, a damnable affliction. I wish you the best.
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Decided to go with my name, Walter, and forgo the fatlazyless.

So, what is my medical problem? I call it unbearable tinnitus and it is basically a continuous white hissing noise that I hear inside my head. Sometimes it increases to a stronger hiss with a ringing sound as well.

Is this a serious problem? Yes, I consider this to be my worst medical problem by far in my life. I am age-69.

How long has it been going on? Starting in December, 2020, I started to hear a air escaping sound inside my head and thought it was coming from the refrigerator at first. It got much stronger in May and June, 2021.

What am I doing for medical treatment? In March I went to Laura Robertson AuD, audiologist, in Laconia. On May 26 I had an appointment at the Otolaryngology Dept at the Concord Hospital in Laconia by an assistant and maybe a nurse-arnp ans was told by the assistant that it was dementia. You know it actually sounds and feels like dementia, whatever that sounds and feels like, and her comment disturbed me very much. For a period of about 1-2 weeks I suffered with high anxiety and being downright scared when I thought about it what with this continuous hissing sound present inside my head.

May 28, 2021, Mid-State Health, Plymouth NH: Was seen by Stephen Regan MD, primary care doctor who said it certainly seems to be tinnitus, and referred my to Patrick Fitzpatrick DO, ENT, North Country Otolaryngology who I saw a few days later at a medical office in Plymouth, and have an appointment at the Littleton Hospital in the middle of July.

June 4 or 5: had an MRI done at the Speare Hospital Radiology Dept and it supposedly had good results, whatever this means.

June 23: Mass Eye & Ear, Newton Wellesley Hospital: was seen by a physicians assistand and an audiologist. Had a hearing test. Was told by the p.a., a young woman, that I just need to get along with the tinnitus, that it doesn't harm you, and that there is no known cure. She also said that some tinnitus sufferers end up in the psych ward of a hospital ....... yikes- ..... that got my attention.

So, now WHAT DO I DO?

My name is Walter. I am 69. Height 6'2". Weight about 202.

I live in Waterville Valley at the Black Bear Lodge condominium.

In the past few days here, I have been to a T'ai Chi class, a yoga class, a boot camp exercise class, a two hour pickleball game, and I am able to do what is expected despite this on-going loud, internal tinnitus problem.

Walking and swimming seem to help make the tinnitus go away for a period of time, so I do a lot of what I call "mental health" walking ..... around Waterville Valley, and go swimming about 100-yards in Corcoran's Pond.

Last month I donated a 3'x5', brand new, bright blue, $42-State of New Hampshire state flag to the Town of Waterville Valley and am pleased to see it is now up top the flag pole, below the American Flag, at Corcoran's Pond.

I like to think that I can be cured of my tinnitus problem and think back about this huge problem and how that blue state-NH flag is still there .... sometime, down the road.

Will I become a gray adult, some guy who goes lost off in the woods? This thought has crossed my mind, so it is time to really get serious about getting some good medical help.

I have two older sisters who live in Newton and Brookline, Mass. I have Medicare and Anthem seconday coverage.

I have a trust fund account professionally managed at a well known financial biz with over ten million dollars stocks and bonds in it and administered by a 74-year old, very experienced lady trust fund attorney.

Plus, I own a waterfront cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee with the best 60' of waterfront on the whole big lake.

Nothing, none of this, my two sisters, my insurance, my big money account, my health insurance ..... nothing .... is moving me forward to get some good medical care with my "unbearable tinnitus" problem.

I have lost about ten pounds what with all the walking that I do around Waterville Valley and become more physically fit while trying to escape from the tinnitus.

So, what do I do at this time? Tomorrow, Monday, will take myself to the Emergency Room at the Concord Hospital in Laconia in an effort to be seen by an ENT doctor.

Right now I have two different white noise machines going with different sounds: ocean waves hitting the shore and just plain white noise to help me get through the white noise hiss happening inside my head.
Walter, we can hear in your posts that you're highly stressed and anxious, both of which can exacerbate symptoms. Like others have said, there may not be a physiological or medicinal cure, and you've discovered that some of your behaviors minimize/eliminate the negative symptoms.

So, until you've exhausted the medical paths—through Boston and advanced ENT specialists, not emergency room visits—you really ought to be looking at the behavioral and lifestyle remediations for ways both to reduce and cope with your symptoms.

There is no amount of money or access to resources that can fix the unfixable, but knowing that there are things you can do to make it livable is priceless.

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Perhaps you could connect with a support group for tinnitus sufferers. Perhaps the New Hampshire Hearing Institute could also offer some suggestions.

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Decided to go with my name, Walter, and forgo the fatlazyless.

So, what is my medical problem? I call it unbearable tinnitus and it is basically a continuous white hissing noise that I hear inside my head. Sometimes it increases to a stronger hiss with a ringing sound as well.

Is this a serious problem? Yes, I consider this to be my worst medical problem by far in my life. I am age-69.

How long has it been going on? Starting in December, 2020, I started to hear a air escaping sound inside my head and thought it was coming from the refrigerator at first. It got much stronger in May and June, 2021.

What am I doing for medical treatment? In March I went to Laura Robertson AuD, audiologist, in Laconia. On May 26 I had an appointment at the Otolaryngology Dept at the Concord Hospital in Laconia by an assistant and maybe a nurse-arnp ans was told by the assistant that it was dementia. You know it actually sounds and feels like dementia, whatever that sounds and feels like, and her comment disturbed me very much. For a period of about 1-2 weeks I suffered with high anxiety and being downright scared when I thought about it what with this continuous hissing sound present inside my head.

May 28, 2021, Mid-State Health, Plymouth NH: Was seen by Stephen Regan MD, primary care doctor who said it certainly seems to be tinnitus, and referred my to Patrick Fitzpatrick DO, ENT, North Country Otolaryngology who I saw a few days later at a medical office in Plymouth, and have an appointment at the Littleton Hospital in the middle of July.

June 4 or 5: had an MRI done at the Speare Hospital Radiology Dept and it supposedly had good results, whatever this means.

June 23: Mass Eye & Ear, Newton Wellesley Hospital: was seen by a physicians assistand and an audiologist. Had a hearing test. Was told by the p.a., a young woman, that I just need to get along with the tinnitus, that it doesn't harm you, and that there is no known cure. She also said that some tinnitus sufferers end up in the psych ward of a hospital ....... yikes- ..... that got my attention.

So, now WHAT DO I DO?

My name is Walter. I am 69. Height 6'2". Weight about 202.

I live in Waterville Valley at the Black Bear Lodge condominium.

In the past few days here, I have been to a T'ai Chi class, a yoga class, a boot camp exercise class, a two hour pickleball game, and I am able to do what is expected despite this on-going loud, internal tinnitus problem.

Walking and swimming seem to help make the tinnitus go away for a period of time, so I do a lot of what I call "mental health" walking ..... around Waterville Valley, and go swimming about 100-yards in Corcoran's Pond.

Last month I donated a 3'x5', brand new, bright blue, $42-State of New Hampshire state flag to the Town of Waterville Valley and am pleased to see it is now up top the flag pole, below the American Flag, at Corcoran's Pond.

I like to think that I can be cured of my tinnitus problem and think back about this huge problem and how that blue state-NH flag is still there .... sometime, down the road.

Will I become a gray adult, some guy who goes lost off in the woods? This thought has crossed my mind, so it is time to really get serious about getting some good medical help.

I have two older sisters who live in Newton and Brookline, Mass. I have Medicare and Anthem seconday coverage.

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Plus, I own a waterfront cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee with the best 60' of waterfront on the whole big lake.

Nothing, none of this, my two sisters, my insurance, my big money account, my health insurance ..... nothing .... is moving me forward to get some good medical care with my "unbearable tinnitus" problem.

I have lost about ten pounds what with all the walking that I do around Waterville Valley and become more physically fit while trying to escape from the tinnitus.

So, what do I do at this time? Tomorrow, Monday, will take myself to the Emergency Room at the Concord Hospital in Laconia in an effort to be seen by an ENT doctor.

Right now I have two different white noise machines going with different sounds: ocean waves hitting the shore and just plain white noise to help me get through the white noise hiss happening inside my head.
Walter, Paul here.

Come down off that ledge my friend. You've been a lucky man if at 69 this is the worst medical problem you've had.

First, the dementia and "psych" ward stuff. You write way to well for dementia, it's not that. As far as the "psych" ward stuff, people with that issue usually hear voices, so I doubt very much it's that. Plus those people usually have trouble writing coherently also. But you are driving yourself nuts worrying about this, knock it off.

You have an issue now, most 69 year old people would gladly deal with tinnitus to be able to do physically what you are able to do. Pickle ball, boot camp, yoga, swimming.

I have tinnitus too, I just ignore it, lol. Nothing can be done. If I focused on it would probably drive me nuts too. Yours may be worse, but in the end it won't hurt you unless you let it, don't let it.

You keep talking about going to the ER, bad move. First, if you think you will get to see an ENT on a holiday weekend, maybe you are nuts.... just kidding, but think about it. Second, the ER is not the place for nuisance stuff like this, you'll just sit there for hours for them to tell you there is nothing they can do, go see an ENT.

Just follow thru with your appointments now, get a good general practitioner and move on with your life. I think a physical at the general practitioner may not be a bad idea for you, something else could be out of whack that's easily fixed. (overactive thyroid???)

It almost sounds like you have too much time on your hands so you are sitting around worrying about yourself. Maybe do some volunteer stuff, like help out at a soup kitchen, make you feel better about things and realize tinnitus isn't so bad a problem.

Sorry you are going thru this, but man, you've still got it pretty good.

PS, delete the financial stuff, posting stuff like that on a public forum like this will just bring you more misery.
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To those who can't relate to tinnitus: the hissing sound is like a TV set after the station has left the air. (Or between active stations). It never goes away. The hissing is much higher in frequency than that example.

Another ear condition (intermittent in my case) is known as Tensor tympani--another inner ear rushing-sound condition. I can simulate it by pressing my eyelids together as strongly as possible. One muscle in the inner ear is the culprit.

When it arrives "naturally", it is in response to a human being suffering an injury--even self-inflicted! It's not unlike like the condition suffered by Star Trek's counselor, Deana Troi, except it's not painful.

Like tinnitus, there is no cure.
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I'll say it again: minimize the impact of/on emotional health here. I'm reading that you're putting a lot of faith in the physiological, but that may not be the/your only remedy.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6407646/

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Hi Walter,

Sorry this is still a struggle for you. My tinnitus diagnosis was not as severe as yours, but the psychic pain was exacerbated by my love of listening to music. When the tinnitus flares, I cannot go to my typical refuge from the world, my hifi. Nevertheless, it regularly abates for extended periods of time now, for no apparent reason.

This no apparent reason aspect leads me to think ITD and Think are both offering relevant advice--if you can chill a bit and not dwell of the issue, you will likely be more successful at it receding. I know this is much easier said than done.

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Walter, out of curiosity and given the site we are on ..... you mention that driving and the sound of the tires etc. can help. What about boating? Have you been out in a powerboat lately (if you said so in the thread I apologize, I didn't read through all of it)? I was wondering if cruising the lake with the air, motor, water sounds might help.

Hang in there. Thanks for sharing in such a personal way, that can't be easy and speaks to the challenges you are facing.
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FLL - Hang in there and things will get better. I've had tinnitus for three decades. It drove me nuts for quite a few years - until the day I stopped allowing it to consume me. It takes time.

I for one care about you and can't imagine this Forum without your silly antics. I'm sure many others feel the same way.
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No motor boating for me at this time.
Could I ask why?

You mentioned needing help with the house at the lake. What is keeping you from visiting? You mention driving can be a relief. Swimming in cool water is a relief, also can be done when visiting the lake. I'm just really wondering if you get someone to head over with you whether you might find it to be an enjoyable outlet.

Just asking, not meaning to pry.
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Walter, did you hear from my friend and do you think he'll be able to help? If not, connect with me again and we'll see where to go next.

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Lightbulb Muffin Fan, or Computer Fan...

As I've mentioned, I'm a tinnitus-sufferer too.

Right now, I'm close to a running "muffin fan", which produces a lower-pitched, but similar "white noise". It helps to mask the sound (and to dry-out soaked cellphones).

I'd try running one of these in 3-inches-or-less sizes for some relief.
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Before I can de-clutter the problem, I need to get my tinnitus problem back to good health, so please tell him that right now is just not a good time what with my health issue. Health is #1 ....... everything else is #2. ....
Gotcha. In our conversation, and your comments above, it appeared that your difficulties were symbiotic. No worries, whatever works for you.

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THANK YOU for asking this question!
And thank you for the clear and honest answer. I totally understand, the last thing you need is stress or conflict while you deal with this challenge.

We've visited Waterville many times over the years with our kids, it has been our often winter and occasional other season go-to for decades. It is a wonderful area, we cross-country ski and use the health center and hike in the area. With all those outlets for you it's a great place to be.
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Walter,

I can't tell if you are serious or kidding here. Suicide ideation is pretty serious stuff, there would be a lot of very upset people if you took that route. Don't do it, you'll mess up your sisters for sure.

Call the suicide hotline if you are serious and get help!


As far as the Meredith property issue, that's easy, clean it up. There are junk guys who will probably take that stuff for free, they would make a few bucks off of it and most would probably be gladly put to use by someone. One phone call or two will take care of most of the issue and get your neighbor off your back.

Hang in there, knock off the suicide stuff, if you can't, go get help.
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http://www.helpingmehear.com/tinnitu...innitus-worse/

Have heard about an ear medical procedure performed by an ENT doctor that can relieve the ringing in the ear named a myringotomy ..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myringotomy ..... sounds good to me ..... let's do it!

Anyone else just watch the tennis men's finals from Wimbledon ...... go Novak Djokovic go ...... he will WIN the U.S. Tennis Open in New York in September as well! Novak is like a tennis machine that always wins except when he gets kicked out for hitting a woman line judge in the throat with the tennis ball. ...
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Ok .... so's I deleted that last message after having a long phone conversation with my sister. I had sent her an email to come rescue me. I actually believe this white noise hissing sound could be emotionally anxiety driven or something ...... it sometimes drives me off the deep end with high anxiety and being scared after hours of the big white hiss ..... usually in the middle of the night .... and I am usually able to walk it off with a two mile walk down the Mad River trail.

It is amazing how therapeutic it can be to simply go take a long walk.
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Ok .... so's I deleted that last message after having a long phone conversation with my sister. I had sent her an email to come rescue me. I actually believe this white noise hissing sound could be emotionally anxiety driven or something ...... it sometimes drives me off the deep end with high anxiety and being scared after hours of the big white hiss ..... usually in the middle of the night .... and I am usually able to walk it off with a two mile walk down the Mad River trail.

It is amazing how therapeutic it can be to simply go take a long walk.
As I've posted already:

1. Research psychological approaches to dealing with tinnitus.

2. Address those things that are causing you anxiety—you've been given options.

3. Continue with the specialist appointments.

If you avoid doing numbers one and two, number three will be inefficient and this is all circular.

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Question My First Trip to A Hearing Specialist--Very Enlightening...

BTW: 1) On a screen yesterday, my hearing specialist pointed to my tinnitus' appearing in the mid-to-upper frequencies. (I would have imagined it being much higher).

2) There are words I can't hear that end in "s" or "th".

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As I've posted already:

1. Research psychological approaches to dealing with tinnitus.

2. Address those things that are causing you anxiety—you've been given options.

3. Continue with the specialist appointments.

If you avoid doing numbers one and two, number three will be inefficient and this is all circular.
'Seems like this condition started when your neighbor starting leaving notes and left evidence of trespass on your property.

While I don't think your tinnitus will disappear, straightening out one (or two) of your property's troubles may put your tinnitus on the back burner.

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