Tinnitus is the hearing of sounds in the head and/or ears without any external source. These can be loud or quiet, high or low and continuous or they can come and go. It is very common and about 30% of people will experience it at some point in their lives, with 13% of people living with it constantly. It can affect people both with hearing problems and normal hearing. Tinnitus is generally caused by some type of change, either mental or physical. This could be a period of significant stress.

After a prolonged period of anxiety and insomnia, Ken developed severe tinnitus in the last few months of his life. The noises he experienced were extremely loud and at different pitches, changing all the time. Ken tried very hard to habituate to the sounds and explored various avenues of treatment, but ultimately was told there was no cure. Sadly, Ken's tinnitus caused him such excruciating pain and torment that he decided to take his own life.

Ken was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, son and friend. We are heartbroken at losing him and saddened that there was no cure that could be offered to help him. We are therefore keen to raise money for the British Tinnitus Association, to fund further research into a cure for tinnitus so what happened to Ken does not happen to anyone else. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.

Sophie Musson