Tinnitus from Bose headphones drove young man to suicide
Daniel Derricot, a promising computer programmer with big ambitions, hanged himself last year after suffering from tinnitus.
The last time Daniels father saw him he looked tired, really tired. Daniel told his father that he was so tired it was making him ill and that he couldn’t sleep because of his tinnitus.
Daniel described his tinnitus to his best friend, Joshua, as a kind of nagging pain like a toothache and admitted that he only started experiencing the ringing in his ears after using Bose headphones. Daniel purchased the headphones to listen to music but sold them on just a month after buying them.
The court was told that Daniel didn’t have any mental health issues, nor did he take drugs or smoke. The coroner confirmed that Daniel had no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.
The reality would seem that Daniel was a dedicated student, a loyal friend and an open-minded young man who wanted to learn German and travel. He was described by his father as the sort not to bother anyone with personal complaints as well as being sociable with friends. Most likely, these were the reasons nobody knew about Daniels sleepless nights, nor did they suspect anything was wrong as he continued to see his friends.
Tinnitus is a condition of the ear that causes a persistent ringing noise that can be extremely distracting and debilitating for sufferers. A common cause for the disorder is thought to be exposure to loud or frequent noise making those working in noisy industries particularly at risk.
There are treatments available to help people cope with their tinnitus including CBT therapy aimed at changing the way you think about your tinnitus and TRT therapy aimed at changing the way you respond to your tinnitus.
The case of Daniel Derricot has been described as devastating and tragic. The cause for Daniels suicide or what he was thinking that day will never be known but if it was his suffering from a treatable condition that led to his drastic action – then there in truly lies the tragedy.
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