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Protocol - Tinnitus

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Description:

The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory is a 25-item self-administered questionnaire that assesses the impact of tinnitus on the respondent's general well-being. The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory includes a functional subscale (11 items) that measures limitations of mental, social, and physical functioning; an emotional subscale (9 items) that assesses affective responses such as anger and frustration; and a catastrophic subscale (5 items) that measures items such as desperation. The protocol also includes scoring instructions.

Protocol:

Tinnitus Handicap Inventory

The purpose of the scale is to identify the problems your tinnitus may be causing you. Check "Yes," "Sometimes," or "No" for each question. Do not skip a question.

1. Because of your tinnitus is it difficult to concentrate?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

2. Does the loudness of your tinnitus make it difficult for you to hear people?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

3. Does your tinnitus make you angry?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

4. Does your tinnitus make you feel confused?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

5. Because of your tinnitus do you feel desperate?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

6. Do you complain a great deal about your tinnitus?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

7. Because of your tinnitus do you have trouble falling to sleep at night?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

8. Do you feel that you cannot escape your tinnitus?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

9. Does your tinnitus interfere with your ability to enjoy social activities (such as going out to dinner, to the movies)?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

10. Because of your tinnitus do you feel frustrated?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

11. Because of your tinnitus do you feel that you have a terrible disease?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

12. Does your tinnitus make it difficult for you to enjoy life?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

13. Does your tinnitus interfere with your job or household duties?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

14. Because of your tinnitus do you find that you are often irritable?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

15. Because of your tinnitus is it difficult for you to read?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

16. Does your tinnitus make you upset?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

17. Do you feel that your tinnitus problem has placed stressed on your relationship with members of your family and friends?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

18. Do you find it difficult to focus your attention away from your tinnitus and on other things?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

19. Do you feel that you have no control over your tinnitus?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

20. Because of your tinnitus do you often feel tired?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

21. Because of your tinnitus do you feel depressed?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

22. Does your tinnitus make you feel anxious?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

23. Do you feel that you can no longer cope with your tinnitus?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

24. Does your tinnitus get worse when are you are under stress?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

25. Does your tinnitus make you feel insecure?

[] Yes

[] Sometimes

[] No

Scoring Instructions

Yes = 4
Sometimes = 2
No = 0

Total scale ranges from 0 to 100 with higher scores representing greater perceived handicap.

For more information on scoring the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, please review Newman et al., 1996.

Protocol Name from Source:

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required
None
Equipment Needs
The respondent will need a copy of the questionnaire.
Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

Adult

Participants:

Adults aged 18 years or older

Specific Instructions:
None
Selection Rationale

The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory was selected because it is a brief, validated, self-report instrument that is easy to administer and interpret.

Language

English

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Ear Tinnitus Assessment Description Text 3139254 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Tinnitus proto 62998-0 LOINC
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

Newman, C. W., Jacobson, G. P., & Spitzer, J. B. (1996). Development of the tinnitus handicap inventory. Archives of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, 122, 143–148.

Copyright © (1996) American Medical Association. All rights reserved.

General References

None

Protocol ID:

201001

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX201001_Difficult_To_Concentrate PX201001010000 Because of your tinnitus is it difficult to concentrate? 4 N/A
PX201001_Difficult_To_Hear_People PX201001020000 Does the loudness of your tinnitus make it difficult for you to hear people? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Angry PX201001030000 Does your tinnitus make you angry? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Anxious PX201001230000 Does your tinnitus make you feel anxious? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Cannot_Escape PX201001080000 Do you feel that you cannot escape your tinnitus? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Complain PX201001060000 Do you complain a great deal about your tinnitus? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Confused PX201001040000 Does your tinnitus make you feel confused? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Depressed PX201001220000 Because of your tinnitus do you feel depressed? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Desperate PX201001050000 Because of your tinnitus do you feel desperate? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Difficult_Enjoy_Life PX201001120000 Does your tinnitus make it difficult for you to enjoy life? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Difficult_Focus_OtherThings PX201001180000 Do you find it difficult to focus your attention away from your tinnitus and on other things? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Difficult_To_Read PX201001150000 Because of your tinnitus is it difficult for you to read? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Frustrated PX201001100000 Because of your tinnitus do you feel frustrated? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Insecure PX201001260000 Does your tinnitus make you feel insecure? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Interfere_Job_Household PX201001130000 Does your tinnitus interfere with your job or household duties? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Interfere_Social_Activity PX201001090000 Does your tinnitus interfere with your ability to enjoy social activities (such as going out to dinner, to the movies)? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Irritable PX201001140000 Because of your tinnitus do you find that you are often irritable? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_No_Control PX201001200000 Do you feel that you have no control over your tinnitus? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_No_Longer_Cope PX201001240000 Do you feel that you can no longer cope with your tinnitus? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Sleeplessness PX201001070000 Because of your tinnitus do you have trouble falling to sleep at night? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Stressed_Relationships PX201001170000 Do you feel that your tinnitus problem has placed stressed on your relationship with members of your family and friends? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Terrible_Disease PX201001110000 Because of your tinnitus do you feel that you have a terrible disease? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Tired PX201001210000 Because of your tinnitus do you often feel tired? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Upset PX201001160000 Does your tinnitus make you upset? 4 N/A
PX201001_Tinnitus_Worse_Under_Stress PX201001250000 Does your tinnitus get worse when are you are under stress? 4 N/A
Research Domain Information
Measure Name:

Tinnitus

Release Date:

October 8, 2010

Definition

This measure is a questionnaire to assess tinnitus, or ringing in the ear(s).

Purpose

This measure is used to identify the presence and assess the severity of tinnitus and its impact on a respondent's daily activities. Tinnitus is a key component of Meniere's disease.

Keywords

Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Ringing, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, THI, Meniere's disease, Speech and Hearing