Skip to comments.Tinnitus sufferer shot himself dead 'to stop the screaming in his ears'
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.'
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I hope it worked.
Well, good morning “sunshine.”
Yes, it’s a sad story, but there have been many others that have done the same......
That’s sad. Hope he is at peace now.
Did it work?
Well, that’s one method which is a cure. A bit over the top, don’t you think?
I thought guns were banned in formerly-Great Britain.
sure help me
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.
Some people have even resorted to complete deafness by having their auditory nerves cut. That isn’t guaranteed to work, either......
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.
I hear there's no such thing as suffering in such places.
“Some people have even resorted to complete deafness by having their auditory nerves cut. That isnt 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.
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.
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WHAT!!!???....I understand how this guy felt...as I have stated, I do not know the sound of silence
Neither do I, FRiend.....................
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.”
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..........
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........
Unless he was wearing ear plugs, the report from the gun to his head would (briefly) cause ‘screaming in his ears’.
If I had only stayed home and not gone to that Oingo Boingo Halloween concert. We were too close to the stage.
“I thought guns were banned in formerly-Great Britain.”
Shotguns are not banned, handguns yes.
Citrus bioflavonoid complex is the same thing and much cheaper.
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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?)
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.
There was a thread yesterday,about Pycnogenol and its possible cure to Tinnitus.
I’ve ordered a bottle hoping it helps.
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.
This has helped mine quite a bit but relief is temporary.
Steroids are also know to cause tinnitus in some people. Perhaps the Sheriff may have been using them..................
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I’ve heard that some people have had success in alleviating this condition through the use of hypnosis.
“gunshot WOUNDS”, with an S?? How the hell did he manage to shoot himself in the head more than once???
If you do a FR keyword search for ‘tinnitus’ you’ll find it.
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.
>>>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.
Sounds as though he used a shotgun which would, by its nature, cause more than one “wound”.
The quiet 74-year-old was found with gunshot wounds by his wife...
“The quiet 74-year-old was found with gunshot wounds by his wife...”
Wait, did the wife possibly shoot him?