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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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