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Michael Leigh

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Click on my Avatar and choose. "start conversation" in the box that appears. I will send you a PM to reply t Jun 27, 2018

    1. 1000
      1000
      Michael, I was recommended to chat with you.

      Constant Burning cooling pain that's a sign of hyperacusis? Sometimes stabbing... :(
      After loud concert. It could take month's to improve but it should go away?. Pink noise machine? Or white noise? I was told to get an oasis sound machine.
      Thanks
    2. GabyP
      GabyP
      Hi Michael
      Sorry to bother you. I have been browsing this forum since last week when tinnitus started and I am currently not managing my anxiety at all. Would like to know if I could maybe message ? I can't seem to be able to start conversation on the forum.
      Many thanks
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        HI GabyP I will start a conversation with you in PM and hopefully you'll see the message.
        Michael
        Aug 15, 2018
      2. GabyP
        GabyP
        I've sent you an email as my inbox doesn't seem to be working. Cheers.
        Aug 15, 2018
    3. Ligeia
      Ligeia
      Hi Michael, can I ask you for a bit of advice about H possibly spiking T? You've seem to be quite an expert!
      Kind regards,

      Ligeia
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Aug 8, 2018
    4. Hidde
      Hidde
      I can’t find the start convesation box, i’m sorry. Could you please help me with something? You’re quite experienced from what i see. Kind regards, Hidde
    5. Helgabje
      Helgabje
      Hi Michael. I have some questions I want to ask you, but I can’t seem to find the “start conversation” button.
      Best Regards, Helga.
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Please email the Administrators of this forum and tell them the problem you have with starting a "conversation" on PM
        For now I advise you to post a new "thread" in the forum and title it: Questions for Michael leigh
        All the best
        Michael
        Jul 9, 2018
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      2. Helgabje
        Helgabje
        Thank you Michael, I just posted a new thread in the "introduce yourself" section.
        Jul 9, 2018
      3. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        HI Helgabje. I suggest you write a "started thread" and title it: Questions for Michael Leigh . Also, email the Administrators of this forum and tell them your problem with starting a conversation with someone, they should be able to help.
        Michael
        Jul 19, 2018
    6. Michael Leigh
      Michael Leigh
      Click on my Avatar and choose. "start conversation" in the box that appears. I will send you a PM to reply t
    7. Kristen Aber
      Kristen Aber
      Hello,

      I have a few questions I’d love for you to answer if you don’t mind. How do I send a private message?

      Thanks!
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      2. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Please email the director of this forum as there may be a problem with your account. Alternatively, please post a separate thread in the main forum and title it to myself: questions for Michael Leigh.

        All the best
        ML
        Jun 28, 2018
      3. Kristen Aber
        Kristen Aber
        Ok! I’m having trouble all over the board - I’ll just start here.

        How long into TRT was it before you started to really habituate to the ringing?
        Jun 28, 2018
      4. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        As I said. Please "post" a new thread in the main forum and title it: Questions for Michael Leigh. You can also email the director of this forum and ask for your account to be looked at as there may be a problem with the way it's set up.

        Michael Leigh.
        Jun 28, 2018
    8. Dave A
      Dave A
      Hi ya, I saw on aprior post that a fan in the room should cover the noise of T during the night. Mine doesn't at all, and considering pillow speakers attached to phone App of nature sounds. Just worried over volume and at other insights please ? Ps your posts are helping me a newbie who is struggling big time
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Jun 22, 2018
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    9. John_foster26
      John_foster26
      Hey I want to ask how long does it take to habituate? Thanks
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      2. threefirefour
        threefirefour
        He's still here so...
        Jun 12, 2018
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      3. Julien87
        Julien87
        It depends..
        Jun 12, 2018
      4. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Jun 13, 2018
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    10. IvanRus
      IvanRus
      Hey. How do I shorten prednisolone?
      Over the past month, I have had 3 short courses.
      1st - 4 days for 25 mg.
      2nd - 40-40-30-20-10mg.

      And after a week, I decided to take higher doses
      55mg-55-50-30- I'm here now ..
    11. h-m-1994
      h-m-1994
      Hi @micheal Leigh

      I'm thinking of getting a sound machine to help with my hyperacusis. You say that the S5000 is the best model, where can I get one exactly? At this point, I can just about deal with the T, but the hyperacusis is really getting to me, so would this particular model be a good investment?
      1. Contrast
        Contrast
        any white noise machine helps with hyperacusis. It's all about increasing the audiotory brains tolerance level over a course of time.
        Jun 3, 2018
      2. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Yes and no @Contrast Whilst a person can only buy what they can afford, it's also true we get what we pay for. Some sound machines are cheap and not very effective. It's best to go for an Oasis sound machine. The S-650 is much cheaper than the 5000 and just as effective but doesn't have luxury features.
        Jun 3, 2018
      3. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        @h-m-1994 hyperacusis is complex. Whilst using a sound machine will certainly help, it would be best if I know more background about your tinnitus. Please send me a PM message or write a post in the forum. That way I can advise you on treatment in more detail.

        Michael
        Jun 3, 2018
    12. victoria9273
      victoria9273
      I recall you once said you are an audiophile.. May I ask you what kind of music you were and are into? Many thanks.
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        HI @victoria9273
        I like classical, particularly baroque. Opera, especially Soprano and Mezzo Soprano voice. American Jazz and Jazz Fusion music: Bob James, Michael Franks, Diane Schuur, Fourplay, Joe Sample.
        Classical composers: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven. Baroque: Handel, JS Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli
        May 9, 2018
      2. victoria9273
        victoria9273
        I recognise Fourplay.. And also greatly into Jazz music. But I have heard somewhere that Jazz music deepens the feeling you already have and Classical music like you've mentioned elevates the mood to a positive state. So I thought that trying Classical music is one way to stay calm and positive.
        May 9, 2018
      3. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Classical music can be very soothing Victoria and I agree will help elevate positivity. I have two box set CDs I particularly like. Featuring works from some of the famous composers. Classic FM - "Relaxing" 4Cds
        Classic FM - "Smooth classics" 4cd box set. Both available from Amazon.
        Michael
        May 11, 2018
    13. Caro101
      Caro101
      Hi Michael,
      Would you mind if I sent you a message? (although not quite sure how to do this as new to the forum). Thanks.
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Yes you can sen me a message. Click on my Avatar and choose start conversation in the box. @Caro101
        Mar 18, 2018
    14. TiredOfT
      TiredOfT
      Hey Michael...Just wanted to say thanks for the Klonopin suggestion that you gave me in another thread, but I’m tapering off Valium, so it’s not an option for me. I think that the Valium tapering is part of the issue I’m having. Thanks again!
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    15. bob bauer
      bob bauer
      I'm tapering remeron and also on 2 benzos, my T is screaming and I don't know what to do? Thanks
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Remeron is an antidepressant and should be reduced under the advice of your doctor. Benzos are powerful medications. You need to talk with your doctor and follow his or her advice. Sorry I am unable to help on this as you need professional medical advice.
        I wish you well
        Michael
        Mar 6, 2018
    16. kevin glaister
      kevin glaister
      Hi Michael, thank you for your valued support, best wishes, Kevin
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    17. kevin glaister
      kevin glaister
      Hi Michael, its been 10 months now since I developed Tinnitus, after ear syringing by gp practice nurse (yes,olive oil used prior), do you know of anyone, whos tinnitus settled down after this length of time, or am I stuck with it. P.s GP now suggests an MRI scan. Do you think any point, given the circumstances in which T developed.? Many thanks, Kevin
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Hi Kevin
        Nothing is certain with tinnitus. Yours could settle down and you habituate and it no longer bothers you. I have known people that got tinnitus by syringing and they eventually habituated. Whether it completely went away I don't know. I think you should have an MRI . I advise you not to use headphones even at low volume. Read my article: Tinnitus, A Personal View, on my started theads.
        All the best
        Michael
        Jan 25, 2018
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    18. victoria9273
      victoria9273
      Hello, I have a question about the sound machines you used.... I'm buying the Oasis s650 and there's not much information around the internet. so...
      Earlier you mentioned that there are upgraded versions of s650. but is S650 still a fine product to use?
      and is the white noise generated naturally within the machine?
      thank you.
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      2. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        I don't know what part of the world you live? The Oasis S-650 is a fine machine and uses sound cards that have many different sounds.
        Jan 3, 2018
      3. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        I have 3 Oasis sound machines including the S-650. The volume can be adjusted on all of them.
        Hope this helps.
        Michael
        Jan 3, 2018
      4. victoria9273
        victoria9273
        I live in Korea. Thank you for the information.
        Jan 3, 2018
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    19. Markku
      Markku
      Happy new year to you Michael. You don't get tired of trying to help the newcomers - many appreciate it. Can't believe it's been 4 years soon since you signed up. Feels like it wasn't that long ago.
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Happy New Year to you Markku. 21 years ago when I first got tinnitus I was going through a very difficult time. I got a lot of help and support from a tinnitus forum similar to TT. It is my aim to try and give something back and help others as I was once helped. I can't believe 4 years has elapsed either since joining TT and must say it's been quite an experience on many fronts.
        Dec 30, 2017
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    20. jlewq
      jlewq
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      2. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Sorry I still don't fully understand you. It doesn't really matter. Try and see the specialists that I have mentioned.
        Good luck.
        Michael
        Dec 14, 2017
      3. jlewq
        jlewq
        Haha okay. Last shot, so the sinewave sounds that i hear in reaction to sound, sound like they come from outside of my head, rather than in my ear or inside of my head. If you don't understand now, nevermind. But thanks for your advice
        Dec 15, 2017
      4. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        No two people experience tinnitus the same. The sounds that you hear are coming from your "Brain" not your ear. Many people think the sounds come from their ear and this is not the case. It can feel as it the sound is coming from outside your head, but again this is not the case. If you are new to tinnitus this is a common mistake. Try not to worry. Read my articles on my "started threads" and see specialist.
        Dec 15, 2017
    21. jlewq
      jlewq
      Hi, I've been experiencing something similar to another member on here. Hi, I've been experiencing something similar to another member on here. At certain frequencies when I hear outside sound, instead of hearing the actual sound, I hear a modulated puretone/sinewave. I hear it as an external sound and not one that's in my head or in my ear
      1. jlewq
        jlewq
        I'm wondering what you did to get this to go away, because it has been bothering me for quite sometime and I'm losing hope.
        Dec 12, 2017
      2. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Please send me a PM or post again in the main forum as I don't fully understand what you're asking? Thanks
        Michael
        Dec 12, 2017
      3. jlewq
        jlewq
        How do I pm?
        Dec 12, 2017
    22. Taylorslay
      Taylorslay
      I've been doing quite well lately. I think the best I've been since I've gotten T and H. I started recollecting, and it occurred to me
      that I never once asked you what caused your first and second acoustic trauma. What happened?
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Headphone use caused the first noise trauma. 2nd time, I believe listening to my HI-FI one evening and turned the volume up. Next day tinnitus got louder and continued to get worse.
        Dec 10, 2017
    23. calmwaves
      calmwaves
      Michael, thank you for your lengthy article. It was incredibly informative. I know you advise against listening to music on headphones but what about podcasts and cell calls? In other words, voice only content thru headphones or ear buds?

      My tinnitus was from loud noises.
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Hi Calmwaves. Thank you for your kind comments. My advice is the same. I don't advise anyone to listen to any type of audio through headphones if their tinnitus was caused by loud noise. Even though it is just voice, I believe there is still a risk of making your tinnitus worse.
        Take care
        Michael
        Dec 6, 2017
    24. lucluc
      lucluc
      Hi, i've seen a few posts of yours about the damage headphones can do to T. My question is would this still apply to tinnitus that's not noise-induced (i.e. theres no hearing loss present)- trying to decide whether it's safe to wear headphones for the hour I am at the gym without worsening my T. Thanks.
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        I don't quite follow you. If you mean that your tinnitus was caused by loud noise but you don't have any hearing loss? This is not unusual and I don't advise using headphones even at low volume. If you have tinnitus that wasn't caused by loud noise. Then you are probably okay to use headphones, but I still advise caution.

        Michael
        Oct 31, 2017
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      2. lucluc
        lucluc
        No mine is not noise induced, thanks for the fast response! People like yourself are a great help
        Oct 31, 2017
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    25. victoria9273
      victoria9273
      A great contributor of this forum. It is lucky we have you.
      1. Benoves, Markus, dpdx and 3 others like this.
      2. Kolisar
        Kolisar
        I agree completely.
        Sep 16, 2017
    26. Michael Leigh
      Michael Leigh
      Learning to have a positive attitude to life is one of the best ways to overcoming tinnitus. It takes time but can be achieved.
      1. dpdx, Luman, Phil-O and 2 others like this.
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      3. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Read members messages on the "positivity thread" in this forum. That way you will know that other people have been through what you're now experiencing. They came through it and you will too.
        Nov 5, 2017
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      4. dpdx
        dpdx
        i made stupid mistakes in my life exposing my self to loud noise, now i am paying a hefty price for it. I wish i knew about this all earlier. I look at those stories but I know deep inside that I am not that "lucky", we all have different T/H and no one person is the same. I guess some hope still lingers..but for how long will that be.
        Nov 5, 2017
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      5. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Nov 5, 2017
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    27. Nina99
      Nina99
      Thank you for your kind words. I cannot find a way to send you a PM...
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      2. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Please click on my Avatar/picture. Then choose: start conversation. A box will show up and you should be able to reply to me. Alternatively you can type your email here if you wish.
        Michael
        Aug 19, 2017
      3. Nina99
        Nina99
        It's strange, I don't have the command you say. I'll write my email here: verdefoglia79@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your support!!!
        Aug 19, 2017
      4. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Okay. I will send the articles within the next 15mins.
        Aug 19, 2017
    28. Sound Of Silence
      Sound Of Silence
      Hello Michael, my name is Mario and I'm new to the talk forum. I've been reading your posts with great interest and I find them to be extremely informative. You are very knowledgeable and I appreciate your willingness to share your experiences and knowledge. Thank you.
      Mario
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Hi Mario.
        Thank you for your kind comments they are much appreciated.
        Hope you start to feel better soon
        Michael
        Aug 9, 2017
    29. RonnieCarzatto
      RonnieCarzatto
      Hey man, I've never written to you personally, but I just wanted to let you know, alot of your information and writings have helped immensely in these past few months. Thank you for all you do.
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      2. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Thank you for your kind words and for taking time out to tell me. It is much appreciated. All the best Michael
        Jul 30, 2017
    30. Michael Leigh
      Michael Leigh
      Hi TheDanishGirl, As long as you can hear your tinnitus above the sound enrichment that will be fine. I can only type 140 in this message box.
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