Tinnitus and suicide

Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1994 Feb;19(1):50-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2273.1994.tb01147.x.

Abstract

A retrospective study of tinnitus sufferers who had committed suicide was undertaken. A questionnaire was compiled, and circulated world-wide. Adequate information was obtained on 28 suicides. An association between suicide and left-sided tinnitus reported previously, was not conclusively replicated. In fact, no particular tinnitus parameter, or associated audiological symptom was over-represented in the suicide series. Demographically, tinnitus suicide victims were characterized by being male, elderly, and socially isolated. There was a high prevalence of psychiatric morbidity, in particular depression (70%). A suicide attempt within the year preceding suicide occurred in five individuals.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • North America / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data
  • Tinnitus / epidemiology*
  • Tinnitus / physiopathology
  • Tinnitus / psychology
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology