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Keywords:

  • tinnitus;
  • suicide;
  • psychiatric morbidity;
  • demographic characteristics

A retrospective study of tinnitus sufferers who had commited 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 audiaological symptom was over-represented in the suicide and left-sided tinnitus reported previously, was not conclusively replicated. In fact, no particular tinnitus parameter, or associated auidiological symptom was over-represented in the suicide series. Demographjicallyu, tunnitus suicide victims were characterized by being male, elderly, and socially isolated. There was a high prevalence of psychiatric morbidity, in particular depressuion (70%). A suicide attempt within the year preceding suicide occured in five individuals.