A friend sent me this story, he has Meniere’s too, it’s very sad, but shows just how severe Tinnitus can be.
Rock Fan Kills Himself After Concert Left Him With Tinnitus
Published November 18, 2011
A British rock music fan stabbed himself to death after a night out watching U.S. band Them Crooked Vultures left him with severe tinnitus, a coroner’s investigation reported.
Robert McIndoe, 52, was unable to sleep for three months after seeing the band – made up of former band members from Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age – at the Brixton Academy, south London.
His psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Stinson, said, “He accepted death as a side-effect of stopping the noise,” the Daily Mirror reported Friday.
The inquest heard he tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose at his home in south London in the same month that he fatally stabbed himself.
McIndoe’s wife Shirley said, “He just wanted not to be suffering.”
Tinnitus is characterized by a constant ringing in the ears, with the noise coming from inside the body rather than an outside source.
I know I’ve had tinnitus so severe that it would have driven me crazy if it had lasted for long periods of time. Luckily, it usually only last for a day, perhaps two.
I feel so bad for this man. It must have been so traumatic to have this hit him to this degree all of a sudden. My tinnitus is usually a low roar, and has only recently raised to the point that I just can’t stand it for short periods of time.
I know so many people who went (or go) to very loud concerts, or shot guns, ect…. with no ear protection. After the first concert I went to I would always wear ear plugs. I could still hear the music fine, but I didn’t have the ringing in my ears for days, ect. Yes, I have tinnitus, because of Meniere’s, not because I didn’t take precautions when I was around loud noises. People, especially young people, need to understand how they can permanently damage their hearing by loud music…ect.
Be sure that your friends and children know how easy it is to damage their hearing.
May none of us ever have tinnitus so bad we would consider something like this.