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Michael Leigh

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Learning to have a positive attitude to life is one of the best ways to overcoming tinnitus. It takes time but can be achieved. Sep 3, 2017

    1. 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 at 9:14 PM
    2. 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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    3. 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 ..
    4. 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. Jontrast
        Jontrast
        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 @Jontrast 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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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    8. 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
    9. kevin glaister
      kevin glaister
      Hi Michael, thank you for your valued support, best wishes, Kevin
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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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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    18. 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
    19. 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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    20. 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
    21. 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
    22. 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
    23. Michael Leigh
      Michael Leigh
      Hi Sandra, 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.
    24. SandraKD
      SandraKD
      Hi Michael - I really value your knowledge ad experience and i have a q, you have said that sound enrichment should be set just below tinnitus, but i have to turn up the sounds somewhat loud if i am only to hear my T a little and my H does not like that :/ what do you recommend?
    25. SandraKD
      SandraKD
      Hi Michael - I have a question, i have been using sound enrichment every night for the past month as advised, and now i have some days where my H is a little better and other days like today where it is back to "normal" (oddly enough my T is a little milder today), is it sign that my H is improving? How long before i will get a more significant reduction overall? a year?
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        Hi Sandra, I have sent you a PM as this comment box will only allow 400 words
        Jul 24, 2017
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    26. Believin' Steven
      Believin' Steven
      Hey Michael. I really need some advice on how to deal with T immediately. I haven't slept in a good 3 days after my tinnitus got 10 times worse over the weekend. I've tried white noise from my phone but the ringing just seems to get louder. I do have a doctors appointment tomorrow. Anything I should say specifically to get results? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      1. Michael Leigh
        Michael Leigh
        May 10, 2017
    27. DoNotGoGentle
      DoNotGoGentle
      Hi Michael need your help kicking myself on how I got to tinnitus and hearing loss. All earphone use. How do I forgive myself?
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      2. DoNotGoGentle
        DoNotGoGentle
        How did you move forward? Not worry about the future or past?
        Apr 9, 2017
      3. Michael Leigh
      4. DoNotGoGentle
        DoNotGoGentle
        Thanks!
        Apr 9, 2017
    28. emilym62
      emilym62
      Hi Michael
      This Forum and Your page has given me hope .I am new to this ,since Christmas i have blocked eustation tubes and sadly reactive tinnitus. I am hoping it will get less over time.I am having to put headphones on everytime i watch TV or use the laptop would you say this is a good thing or not. I have the sound just below my T
      Thank you
      Emily
    29. Michael Leigh
      Michael Leigh
      Sound machine
    30. iftah
      iftah
      Hi Michael -
      sawyour post about the sound therapy - and about using it at night to reduce H - can you recommend a specific machine or device? what is the most simple way to do it? do I need to listen to it with headphones?

      thank you
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