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  1. MattS replied to the thread Today Was the Hump with My Daughter's Bat Mitzvah.

    Final update: I'm 100% recovered from the noise exposure, and have been experiencing some off my lowest, least reactive tinnitus days since...

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:48 AM
  2. MattS replied to the thread What's Your Definition of Mild Tinnitus?.

    I think if the fridge hum removes your tinnitus, you have mild tinnitus. Like 2-3/10.

    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:18 PM
  3. MattS replied to the thread Root Canal for a Front Tooth: No Need to Worry.

    How come you've changed your tune so much Bill?

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:46 PM
  4. MattS replied to the thread Root Canal + Crown vs. Extraction? Which Is Better for a Tinnitus Sufferer?.

    @Mickm Good luck, and thank you for keeping us posted: your experience may be important for some of us in the future.

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:44 PM
  5. MattS replied to the thread Root Canal + Crown vs. Extraction? Which Is Better for a Tinnitus Sufferer?.

    Indeed! [Would love to see fairies dancing on the head of a pin too; sadly, I'm not sure which is less likely] ;) Best evidence we have is likely...

    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:21 AM
  6. MattS replied to the thread How Do You Transition Between Listening to Your Tinnitus and Pushing Through It?.

    Please excuse my ignorance, but why would you ever want to 'listen to your tinnitus'?

    Nov 20, 2019 at 5:59 AM
  7. MattS rated nofearcavalier's post Good Question in the thread How Do You Transition Between Listening to Your Tinnitus and Pushing Through It?.

    I first posted on this forum about a year ago-ish, and have been back once a month or so, to read the topics in the Support section. I wasn't...

    Nov 20, 2019 at 5:58 AM
  8. MattS replied to the thread Root Canal + Crown vs. Extraction? Which Is Better for a Tinnitus Sufferer?.

    Ear plugs and headphones can't help the vibrational sound that occurs through your bones during dental drilling. If anything, they could actually...

    Nov 20, 2019 at 5:42 AM
  9. MattS replied to the thread My ENT Offered Me a Spot in a Drug Trial for Ketamine Injections.

    A relevant question: if the Ketamine does work, but only temporarily, will Columbia ENTs be able to proscribe you more? Will you get specialized...

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:13 PM
  10. MattS replied to the thread My ENT Offered Me a Spot in a Drug Trial for Ketamine Injections.

    I would do it. There is reasonable evidence that Ketamine can help, and good evidence that it's generally safe. Any clinical trial involves...

    Nov 19, 2019 at 8:12 PM
  11. MattS replied to the thread How to Conceptualize What Tinnitus Has Done to Me.

    Guess I put everyone to sleep with those thoughts... @AfroSnowman

    Nov 19, 2019 at 3:18 PM
  12. MattS replied to the thread My ENT Offered Me a Spot in a Drug Trial for Ketamine Injections.

    Is this the clinical trial at Columbia? From what I understand, research to date suggests that ketamine *may* be helpful for tinnitus caused by...

    Nov 19, 2019 at 3:12 PM
  13. MattS replied to the thread How Much Should I Be Protecting My Hearing?.

    Hi @pinklights98. I think that Bill's idea about the tv is a good one - at the least, exposing yourself to some noise in the house, while...

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:42 PM
  14. MattS replied to the thread Acoustic Trauma from Bottle Falling.

    It's very unlikely to be permanent. Just give it some time, it'll come back down.

    Nov 19, 2019 at 1:15 PM
  15. MattS liked ajc's post in the thread Suicidal.

    ADs = Antidepressants.

    Nov 18, 2019 at 6:18 PM
  16. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    ADs?

    Nov 18, 2019 at 6:15 PM
  17. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    I didn't suggest you call a help line to fix your tinnitus. I suggested you call a help line if you are actually suicidal. Moreover, I suggested...

    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:48 AM
  18. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    Riiiiight.

    Nov 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM
  19. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    No worries. I probably used a couple too many double negatives with question marks. :)

    Nov 17, 2019 at 5:12 PM
  20. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    We just said the same thing.

    Nov 17, 2019 at 5:09 PM
  21. MattS rated pinklights98's post Winner in the thread So Basically Once You Get Tinnitus, You're F**ked No Matter What Until Death.

    I’m sorry, but how do these doomsday posts help anyone? No, once you ruin a part of your body you are not screwed. And I can say that considering...

    Nov 17, 2019 at 3:48 PM
  22. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    I've never understood why people respond like this. Why exactly would the MRI tech have had to have wanted to do it *on purpose* in order for...

    Nov 17, 2019 at 3:17 PM
  23. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    You gotta get a hold of yourself man. Nobody else can do this for you. You have to be the one to decide to get control of yourself, and turn this...

    Nov 17, 2019 at 4:30 AM
  24. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    Okay, so you've mostly used a wash cloth. And sometimes taken some baths. The baths are good. That's some of my advice, and they will help. But...

    Nov 17, 2019 at 4:23 AM
  25. MattS replied to the thread Is There a Way to Alleviate Somatic Elements of Tinnitus?.

    60 is just about max dose. I was on a 50mg taper for 5 days, followed by a 4 day taper. So similar to you. But by day 3 I was suffering, and so...

    Nov 16, 2019 at 7:43 PM
  26. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    Extremely common Pete. I often have delays of up to *2 days* before my tinnitus spikes. I find it depends on the loudness of the noise: the louder...

    Nov 16, 2019 at 7:37 PM
  27. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    Pete: Did you take @linearb's advice? Did you accept his offer for the book? Is it helping? What about the other advice people have given you?...

    Nov 16, 2019 at 7:26 PM
  28. MattS rated linearb's post Agree in the thread Suicidal.

    This is a symptom I 100% experience when my TMJ is flaring -- in fact, I'd say that's the hallmark symptom: usually unilateral ear pain and...

    Nov 16, 2019 at 7:22 PM
  29. MattS rated linearb's post Winner in the thread Suicidal.

    dude, we believe you, but you seem to be unwilling or incapable of actually following literally any of the advice anyone has given you. I think...

    Nov 16, 2019 at 7:19 PM
  30. MattS replied to the thread Is There a Way to Alleviate Somatic Elements of Tinnitus?.

    For me I found about 3 days after the taper my tinnitus sounds came back to baseline.

    Nov 16, 2019 at 6:48 PM
  31. MattS rated JohnAdams's post Funny in the thread Solsaem Clinic (Dr. Minbo Shim) Experience.

    @Markku can we just change the title of this thread to "What Ed209 Thinks About Dr. Minbo Shim."

    Nov 16, 2019 at 4:45 AM
  32. MattS replied to the thread Is There a Way to Alleviate Somatic Elements of Tinnitus?.

    This used to work for me, but doesn't anymore. :( I think it stopped when my sounds changed from tonal to electrical/screechings/statics.

    Nov 15, 2019 at 10:51 PM
  33. MattS replied to the thread Is There a Way to Alleviate Somatic Elements of Tinnitus?.

    This seems reasonable. There are quite a few "hyperactivity-to-compensate-for-reduced-auditory-inputs" theories out there, but this is the first...

    Nov 15, 2019 at 9:41 PM
  34. MattS replied to the thread How Much Should I Be Protecting My Hearing?.

    Fair enough. Sorry to hear regarding the infection. I *very gently* use a q-tip to dry my ears out after, because the last thing I want is an...

    Nov 15, 2019 at 4:36 PM
  35. MattS replied to the thread Is There a Way to Alleviate Somatic Elements of Tinnitus?.

    Some people find prednisone will increase tinnitus symptoms temporarily. Nothing permanent, so don't worry - but just thought I'd mention do you...

    Nov 15, 2019 at 4:31 PM
  36. MattS replied to the thread How Much Should I Be Protecting My Hearing?.

    I love the water in my ears - I take baths and purposely put my head under water most evenings. Having the warm water circulating inside, relaxing...

    Nov 15, 2019 at 4:21 PM
  37. MattS replied to the thread Isn't There a Tinnitus Cure? Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Cure Tinnitus, Right?.

    I can't remember what the primary outcome measure was. It was a small study, so perhaps not conclusive. But it was rigorous, by a good team of...

    Nov 15, 2019 at 4:17 PM
  38. MattS replied to the thread Poll: How Long Has Your Longest *Noise Induced* Tinnitus Spike Lasted?.

    I think it served it's purpose, provided lots with useful insights. Hopefully we can keep building in that knowledge.

    Nov 15, 2019 at 4:24 AM
  39. MattS replied to the thread How Long Do Silicone Earplugs Last?.

    Foam or silicone?

    Nov 15, 2019 at 4:04 AM
  40. MattS replied to the thread Is There a Way to Alleviate Somatic Elements of Tinnitus?.

    @JohnAdams curcumin will help [in theory] with the inflammation. But it may be that that will just take time to settle. In the meantime, you could...

    Nov 15, 2019 at 2:37 AM
  41. MattS rated Bill Bauer's post Agree in the thread Just Got Tinnitus from Gunshot (Machine Gun).

    You can give hyperacusis to yourself if you cut yourself off from all sound for many months. There is a big difference between that, and ensuring...

    Nov 15, 2019 at 2:08 AM
  42. MattS attached a file to the thread Tinnitus Spike from School Parents Evening.

    70 dB doesn't sound *too* bad - though two hours is a long time. I hope you end up okay. As a potentially helpful tip: EarPeace silicone plugs...

    IMG_20191114_191719.jpg Nov 15, 2019 at 12:19 AM
  43. MattS replied to the thread Isn't There a Tinnitus Cure? Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Cure Tinnitus, Right?.

    A very recent study just came it and had been summarized in the treatment-tDCS thread. It demonstrated that tRNS made 27% if tinnitus sufferers...

    Nov 14, 2019
  44. MattS rated Contrast's post Informative in the thread Isn't There a Tinnitus Cure? Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Cure Tinnitus, Right?.

    Proven methods other then pluri-potent stem cells to restore hearing 1: Gene therapies to convert progenitor cells's into hair cells 2:...

    Nov 14, 2019
  45. MattS posted a new thread.

    How Long Do Silicone Earplugs Last?

    Quick question for the board: Those of you that stick silicone way plugs in your key chain - how long do you keep em before replacing?

    Forum: Support

    Nov 14, 2019
  46. MattS replied to the thread Suicidal.

    @Lane Antispasmodic benzodiazepines alprazolam, bromazepam, chlordiazepoxide,cinolazepam, clonazepam, cloxazolam, clorazepate, diazepam,...

    Nov 14, 2019