The reason I posted this story was because I suffer from the same sounds this gentleman suffered from. Sometimes 1-5 different sounds, and try to concentrate with that going on. That’s why the illness has a higher suicide rate, imagine no peace in your head, constant noises that make you want to go crazy and you cant sleep, just because you want to sleep doesn’t mean the sounds sleep. Here is one mans story. So sad.
Body of father who told his family tinnitus was driving him crazy is found at foot of 60ft fall in disused quarry
- James Jones, 58, had suffered with tinnitus for the past six months
- He vanished from Llandudno home and was found dead in nearby quarry
- Boat skipper also suffered from hyperacusis where even the sound of a plastic bag rustling would cause him great pain
- Son Danny says noises had left him feeling anxious and depressed
The body of James Jones, 58, who told his family that he was tormented by tinnitus, was discovered at the foot of a disused quarry near his home
The body of a father who told his family that he was tormented by tinnitus was discovered at the foot of a disused quarry near his home.
James Jones, 58, from Llandudno, North Wales, is believed to have fallen more than 60ft to his death at the Llandulais Quarry.
He had been suffering from tinnitus, a condition which causes a constant ringing in the ears, for six months, and his family said the noises had caused him to become anxious and depressed.
‘It all started with a simple ringing in the ears which slowly crept into his life,’ said his son Danny, 32.
‘Soon after the ringing went to catastrophic disharmonious and painful noises.
‘He had five simultaneous sounds of extreme screeching, whistling, humming, buzzing and roaring every second of every day.
‘This along with little or no sleep can send anyone into despair.’
Mr Jones, a boat skipper who would ferry engineers out to marine windfarms off the Welsh coast, had been an easy-going family man before his life was blighted by the incurable condition which affects up to six million people in the UK, his son said.
He was also diagnosed with hyperacusis, a condition where even soft background noises become deafening.
‘Even the rustling sound of a plastic bag was painful for him,’ said Danny.
‘It made him withdraw from social and professional activities and my dad became isolated, anxious, stressed and depressed
Earlier this month, Mr Jones had vanished from his home. On July 9, he was found dead by police at the quarry.
An inquest has been opened and adjourned by the North Wales coroner.
Tinnitus is more common in people aged over 65, but it can strike at any age.
There is no single treatment for the condition and research to find a cure is ongoing.
Mr Jones’s sons Wesley and Danny, pictured with their father and mother, Maria, are raising money for research into tinnitus
The charity Action on Hearing Loss describe it as an ‘invisible condition’ which can cause depression, anxiety and sleep problems.
Now Mr Jones’s family have launched a campaign in his memory to raise funds for research into tinnitus, and Danny and his brother Wesley hope to make £5,000 for charities including the British Tinnitus Association.
Mr Jones was due to be his son’s best man at his wedding next year.
‘He was a true gentleman, who was wise beyond belief,’ Danny wrote on Facebook.
‘He taught me everything I know, we shared the same thoughts, goals and ambitions. We were that close he wasn’t just my Dad.
‘He was also my business partner, my mentor, my best mate and my best man to be.’
CONSTANT RINGING AND NOISE: WHAT IS TINNITUS?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear, usually a ringing noise, although it can be a high-pitched whistling or buzzing, ringing, or hissing.
It’s estimated that seven per cent of men and women will visit their GP about it at some point.
For one in 100 sufferers, quality of life is severely affected, and it has been linked to depression, work and relationship problems and, in rare cases, suicide.
It’s not known what causes it, although in some cases it is linked to hearing loss – one theory is that when some sounds can no longer be heard, the brain overcompensates and creates phantom noise.
There is no cure, although treatments such as maskers (ear-plugs that generate white noise to try to block out tinnitus noise), antidepressants, and cognitive behavioural therapy, which aims to help patients to ignore or think differently about their tinnitus, can help.
Tinnitus is often worse in quite environments so some people benefit from listening to soothing sounds, such as the sound of the ocean.
The condition is most common in people over the age of 65 but it can affect people of all ages.