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Protocol - Tinnitus - Screener

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Description:

The Tinnitus Screener is a 6-item, interviewer-administered questionnaire that assesses, during the past year, whether tinnitus is present at all—and, if so, whether it is acute or chronic, constant or temporary, intermittent or occasional.

Specific Instructions:

None

Protocol:

Tinnitus Screener

Tinnitus is ringing, buzzing, humming, or other noises in your ears or head.

During the PAST YEAR:

1. Have you experienced tinnitus lasting more than 2–3 minutes?

[ ] NO: STOP HERE       No Tinnitus

[ ] YES: GO TO #2

2. Have you experienced tinnitus for at least 6 months?

[ ] NO: GO TO #3    Acute Tinnitus

[ ] YES: GO TO #3 Chronic Tinnitus

3. In a quiet room, can you hear tinnitus?

[ ] Always: STOP HERE          Constant Tinnitus

[ ] Usually: STOP HERE         Constant Tinnitus

[ ] Sometimes/Occasionally: GO TO #4

4. When you heard tinnitus this past year, was it caused by a recent event? (Examples: loud concert, head cold, allergies, some medications)

[ ] NO: GO TO #6

[ ] YES, Sometimes: GO TO #5

[ ] YES, Always: STOP HERE         Temporary Tinnitus

5. Does your tinnitus seem to “come and go” on its own, in addition to being caused by a recent event(s)?

[ ] NO: STOP HERE                                 Temporary Tinnitus

[ ] YES: GO TO #6

6. Do you experience tinnitus on a:

[ ] Daily or weekly basis: STOP HERE      Intermittent Tinnitus

[ ] Monthly or yearly basis: STOP HERE Occasional Tinnitus

Protocol Name from Source:

Tinnitus Screener

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

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

Interviewer-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

Adult

Participants:

Adults aged 18 years or older

Selection Rationale

The Tinnitus Screener was selected because it is a brief, validated instrument that is easy to administer and interpret.

Language

English

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Hearing Tinnitus Screener Assessment Text Ê 6773765 CDE Browser
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel #7 (ERP 7) reviewed the measures in the Speech and Hearing domain.

Guidance from ERP 7 includes the following:

  • Added a new protocol
  • Created a new Data Dictionary

Source

Henry, J. A., Griest, S., Austin, D., Helt, W., Gordon, J., Thielman, E., Theodoroff, S. M., Lewis, M. S., Blankenship, C., Zaugg, T. L., & Carlson, K. (2016). Tinnitus Screener: Results from the first 100 participants in an epidemiology study. American Journal of Audiology, 25, 153–160.

Posted with permission from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

General References

Junge, C., & Cutler, A. (2014). Early word recognition and later language skills. Brain sciences, 4(4), 532-559.

Protocol ID:

202001

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX202001_Tinnitus_Cause_Past_Year PX202001040000 When you heard tinnitus this past year, was more
it caused by a recent event? (Examples: loud concert, head cold, allergies, some medications) show less
N/A
PX202001_Tinnitus_Cause_Recent_Event PX202001050000 Does your tinnitus seem to "come and go" on more
its own, in addition to being caused by a recent event(s)? show less
N/A
PX202001_Tinnitus_Frequency PX202001060000 How frequently do you experience tinnitus? N/A
PX202001_Tinnitus_Lasting_Minutes PX202001010000 Have you experienced tinnitus lasting more more
than 2-3 minutes? show less
N/A
PX202001_Tinnitus_Months_Six PX202001020000 Have you experienced tinnitus for at least 6 more
months? show less
N/A
PX202001_Tinnitus_Quiet_Room PX202001030000 In a quiet room, can you hear tinnitus? N/A
Speech, Language and Hearing
Measure Name:

Tinnitus Screener

Release Date:

June 4, 2019

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, buzzing, humming, noise, ear