Protocol - Tinnitus - Screener
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.
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:
Personnel and Training Required
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Adults aged 18 years or older
The Tinnitus Screener was selected because it is a brief, validated instrument that is easy to administer and interpret.
|Common Data Elements (CDE)||Hearing Tinnitus Screener Assessment Text Ê||6773765||CDE Browser|
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
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).
Junge, C., & Cutler, A. (2014). Early word recognition and later language skills. Brain sciences, 4(4), 532-559.
|Variable Name||Variable ID||Variable Description||Version||dbGaP Mapping|
|PX202001_Tinnitus_Cause_Past_Year||PX202001040000||When you heard tinnitus this past year, was more||N/A|
|PX202001_Tinnitus_Cause_Recent_Event||PX202001050000||Does your tinnitus seem to "come and go" on more||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||N/A|
|PX202001_Tinnitus_Months_Six||PX202001020000||Have you experienced tinnitus for at least 6 more||N/A|
|PX202001_Tinnitus_Quiet_Room||PX202001030000||In a quiet room, can you hear tinnitus?||N/A|
June 4, 2019
This measure is a questionnaire to assess tinnitus, or ringing in the ear(s).
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.
Tinnitus, hearing loss, ringing, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, THI, Meniere’s disease, speech and hearing, buzzing, humming, noise, ear