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Tinnitus sufferer shot himself dead 'to stop the screaming in his ears'
Daily Mail UK ^ | 10:28 AM on 14th April 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 04/14/2011 7:23:25 AM PDT by Red Badger

A grandfather who was tormented by the 'screaming in his ears' as a result of chronic tinnitus shot himself in the head, an inquest heard.

Roy Sullivan's medical condition, where sufferers hear a constant ringing in their ear, had been getting progressively worse.

The quiet 74-year-old was found with gunshot wounds by his wife at their home in Essex when she returned from her grandson's 14th birthday visit in January.

Eileen Sullivan told the hearing: 'Roy was such a peaceful, quiet man. He just couldn't stand the noise. He liked to be quiet. If I had the radio on and I went out, he would turn it off because he just wanted to be quiet.'

On the morning of his death, Mr Sullivan had looked pale and had complained to his wife that his tinnitus had been really bad during the night.

'When he woke up he just held his head and said it was screaming in his ears.'

He said he didn't want to go out so she travelled without him to Suffolk with the 14th birthday cake she had baked.

When she returned home Mrs Sullivan found a note from her husband in the kitchen.

She went to the chicken shed at the bottom of the garden and found him with head injuries and a gun by his side, Chelmsford Coroner's Court heard.

Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray was told that Mr Sullivan had a history of hypertension and tinnitus which had become worse prior to his death.

A postmortem stated that Mr Sullivan died from severe head injuries due to gunshot wounds.

The coroner recorded a verdict that he killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

She said he was clearly suffering distress due to the tinnitus and that it was 'clearly getting him down.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ears; health; hearing; tinnitus
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If you would like to be on or off the TINNITUS RING LIST, just FReepMail me............

1 posted on 04/14/2011 7:23:27 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: joe fonebone; SamiGirl; gitmogrunt; Freee-dame; ROCKLOBSTER; ryderann; Red_Devil 232; ...

Ring!.........


2 posted on 04/14/2011 7:24:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger
A postmortem stated that Mr Sullivan died from severe head injuries due to gunshot wounds.

Ya think?

3 posted on 04/14/2011 7:25:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

I hope it worked.


4 posted on 04/14/2011 7:26:01 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 812 of our national holiday from reality. - That 3 AM phone call? Voicemail...)
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To: Red Badger

Well, good morning “sunshine.”


5 posted on 04/14/2011 7:26:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yes, it’s a sad story, but there have been many others that have done the same......


6 posted on 04/14/2011 7:27:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger

That’s sad. Hope he is at peace now.


7 posted on 04/14/2011 7:27:36 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Red Badger

Did it work?


8 posted on 04/14/2011 7:27:39 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)…R.I.P.)
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To: Red Badger

Dude!!!!


9 posted on 04/14/2011 7:28:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Red Badger

Well, that’s one method which is a cure. A bit over the top, don’t you think?


10 posted on 04/14/2011 7:28:01 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Red Badger

I thought guns were banned in formerly-Great Britain.


11 posted on 04/14/2011 7:28:41 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Red Badger

lipoflavonoids!

sure help me


12 posted on 04/14/2011 7:28:44 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Red Badger

IMHO, a constant ringing in your ears can drive you to Depression. At some point, a person loses all hope for life. It is truly sad.


13 posted on 04/14/2011 7:29:03 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Larry Lucido

Some people have even resorted to complete deafness by having their auditory nerves cut. That isn’t guaranteed to work, either......


14 posted on 04/14/2011 7:30:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger

Article states victim had hypertension as well. Many of the medications given for hypertension can increase the “noise level” of the patient’s tinnitus. Almost exponentially, as in the Richter Scale.

Also, article states “...gunshot woundS” several times. As in plural. Most interesting. Would like to read actual police report/coroner’s findings.


15 posted on 04/14/2011 7:31:39 AM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: Red Badger
Damn. It's too bad the guy didn't live somewhere where he had access to free universal health care.

I hear there's no such thing as suffering in such places.

16 posted on 04/14/2011 7:33:52 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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“Some people have even resorted to complete deafness by having their auditory nerves cut. That isn’t guaranteed to work, either......”

My daughter asked me if I could get rid of my tinnitus by cutting the auditory nerve in my bad ear. I told her if I thought it would work I would do it. IMO, being stone deaf in one ear would be a good trade.


17 posted on 04/14/2011 7:35:40 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Red Badger

I know how depressed I was 20 years ago after seeing an ENT, a dentist and my physician - having tests done on everything to find out what I had and how to “fix” it - and the bottom line was, that I would have to learn to live with it.

I cried and felt I could not live like this.

But I have and it is something I can “tune out” for the most part.

Many people have much worse “crosses to bear.”

I feel for the wife of this man and for his grandson on whose birthday he killed himself. But I must assume that this man had other issues that, combined with the tinnitus, let him take his life and not wait for the morrow.

We must remember that things do change, maybe in a day, maybe longer but they do change.


18 posted on 04/14/2011 7:36:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Red Badger

Add me, please!


19 posted on 04/14/2011 7:37:38 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Red Badger

WHAT!!!???....I understand how this guy felt...as I have stated, I do not know the sound of silence


20 posted on 04/14/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: joe fonebone

Neither do I, FRiend.....................


21 posted on 04/14/2011 7:41:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger
Strangely enough, aspirin REALLY makes mine worse. Sometimes it's a choice between you head hurting or your ears ringing.

Oh and for those that may be reading this that don't have tinnitus, remember it is typically a delayed curse. I don't expose my ears to really loud noises, and haven't for over 30 years. But in my youth - hot-rods with open headers, firing guns without hearing protection, all manner of aircraft, sometimes without hearing protection. Or as my doctor says, “yes, you may be kind to your ears now, but sooner or later the sins must be paid for - and that is now.”

22 posted on 04/14/2011 7:42:10 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Tallguy

Done!.....


23 posted on 04/14/2011 7:42:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Hacklehead

It works ONLY if the source of the tinnitus is in the middle ear. If it’s in the brain side, it will still be there..........


24 posted on 04/14/2011 7:45:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: I cannot think of a name

Aspirin and other NSAIDS have been know for years to cause or exacerbate tinnitus and if taken in large doses over a prolonged period will be permanent........


25 posted on 04/14/2011 7:47:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger

Unless he was wearing ear plugs, the report from the gun to his head would (briefly) cause ‘screaming in his ears’.


26 posted on 04/14/2011 7:51:55 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Red Badger

If I had only stayed home and not gone to that Oingo Boingo Halloween concert. We were too close to the stage.


27 posted on 04/14/2011 7:52:48 AM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: backwoods-engineer

“I thought guns were banned in formerly-Great Britain.”

Shotguns are not banned, handguns yes.


28 posted on 04/14/2011 7:58:27 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker
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To: silverleaf
Evidently Lipoflavonoids is a proprietary name.

Citrus bioflavonoid complex is the same thing and much cheaper.

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29 posted on 04/14/2011 7:59:45 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Hacklehead
My daughter asked me if I could get rid of my tinnitus by cutting the auditory nerve in my bad ear. I told her if I thought it would work I would do it. IMO, being stone deaf in one ear would be a good trade.

I wonder if a shot of Botox to the nerve would have the same effect, but allow hearing to recover over time? (Or even Novocaine?)

30 posted on 04/14/2011 8:04:46 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 812 of our national holiday from reality. - That 3 AM phone call? Voicemail...)
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To: Red Badger

A couple months ago there was a thread regarding a possible ‘cure’ for this condition. Something about reseting part of the brain/spine. Maybe posting it here would give hope to some of the sufferers? At least they could stay on top of the progress of the testing.


31 posted on 04/14/2011 8:06:43 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

There was a thread yesterday,about Pycnogenol and its possible cure to Tinnitus.

I’ve ordered a bottle hoping it helps.


32 posted on 04/14/2011 8:12:06 AM PDT by Nashvegas (What do you get if you offer a liberal a penny for their thoughts? Change)
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To: thefactor

I remember reading that article as well. IIRC, it was presented in San Antonio. I can not find the article though

A couple months ago there was a thread regarding a possible ‘cure’ for this condition. Something about reseting part of the brain/spine. Maybe posting it here would give hope to some of the sufferers? At least they could stay on top of the progress of the testing.


33 posted on 04/14/2011 8:12:58 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Red Badger
Here's another case from Jan 2010: In suicide note, Morris blames tinnitus Former Greene County Sheriff William L. “Willie” Morris shot himself Thursday because of a constant roar in his ears, he wrote in a final letter. “I hope that my death will help bring about some cure for those that suffer with tinnitus, by bringing attention to it,” he wrote. “It is important that my life will not be wasted.” Morris had suffered from the condition since September, and by the end of his life heard a constant noise in both ears. “He described it as like a buzz saw constantly,” his daughter Lisa Morris said. Morris developed the condition after a weightlifting mishap, his daughter said. He had lifted for many years, winning several championships. Here's link to Virginia newspaper: In suicide note, Morris blames tinnitus
34 posted on 04/14/2011 8:13:06 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Red Badger

http://www.homeopathy.com.pk/boericke/j-k/kali-carbonicum.php

This has helped mine quite a bit but relief is temporary.


35 posted on 04/14/2011 8:19:07 AM PDT by atc23
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To: Portcall24

Steroids are also know to cause tinnitus in some people. Perhaps the Sheriff may have been using them..................


36 posted on 04/14/2011 8:19:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger
Can you add me please. I have to keep other noise such as a tv or radio on all the time so I don't go nuts.
37 posted on 04/14/2011 8:22:10 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Red Badger

Add me too, please...


38 posted on 04/14/2011 8:22:37 AM PDT by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: Nashvegas

I’ve heard that some people have had success in alleviating this condition through the use of hypnosis.


39 posted on 04/14/2011 8:36:09 AM PDT by Capt. Independence (Long live the Sons of Liberty.)
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To: Red Badger
Please add me to your list, I've suffered this for decades. Shame about the suicide. My wife has us all beat though, google “suicide disease”, to read of the most obscure, terrible malady I’ve ever heard of.
40 posted on 04/14/2011 8:39:11 AM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: Slicksadick

Done!...........


41 posted on 04/14/2011 8:43:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: ladyvet; Iscool

Done!......


42 posted on 04/14/2011 8:44:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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“gunshot WOUNDS”, with an S?? How the hell did he manage to shoot himself in the head more than once???


43 posted on 04/14/2011 8:58:17 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Oldpuppymax

Ricochet?.............


44 posted on 04/14/2011 8:59:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Dacula

If you do a FR keyword search for ‘tinnitus’ you’ll find it.


45 posted on 04/14/2011 9:02:19 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Red Badger

Very sad to hear. I don’t know enough about tinitus, but I thought there was some sort of treatment. So to hear of so many suffering from it.


46 posted on 04/14/2011 9:03:52 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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>>>“gunshot WOUNDS”, with an S?? How the hell did he manage to shoot himself in the head more than once???

Entrance wound and exit wound.


47 posted on 04/14/2011 9:06:44 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Sounds as though he used a shotgun which would, by its nature, cause more than one “wound”.


48 posted on 04/14/2011 9:13:58 AM PDT by bog trotter
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The quiet 74-year-old was found with gunshot wounds by his wife...


Poor writing that implicates the wife in his death.


49 posted on 04/14/2011 9:14:45 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Red Badger

“The quiet 74-year-old was found with gunshot wounds by his wife...”

Wait, did the wife possibly shoot him?


50 posted on 04/14/2011 9:15:33 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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