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Tinnitus Handicap Inventory TEST

TINNITUS HANDICAP INVENTORY Form

 

The aim of this questionnaire is to find out what problem tinnitus might be giving you.  Check yes, sometimes, or no for each question.

YES SOMETIMES NO
F1 Because of your tinnitus is it difficult for you to concentrate?
F2 Does the loudness of your tinnitus make it difficult for you to hear?
E3 Does your tinnitus make you angry?
F4 Does your tinnitus make you feel confused?
C5 Because of your tinnitus do you feel desperate?
E6 Do you complain a great deal about your tinnitus?
F7 Because of your tinnitus do you have trouble falling asleep?
C8 Do you feel as though you cannot escape your tinnitus?
F9 Does your tinnitus interfere with your ability to enjoy social activities such as going out to dinner, cinema?
E10 Because of your tinnitus do you feel frustrated?
C11 Because of your tinnitus do you feel you have a terrible disease?
F12 Does your tinnitus make it difficult for you to enjoy life?
F13 Does your tinnitus interfere with your job or household responsibilities?
F14 Because of your tinnitus do you find that you are often irritable?
F15 Because of your tinnitus is it difficult for you to read?
E16 Does your tinnitus make you upset? 
E17 Do you feel that your tinnitus has placed stress on your relationship with members of your family, friends?
F18 Do you find it difficult to focus your attention away from your tinnitus and on to other things?

 

  YES SOMETIMES NO
C19 Do you feel that you have no control over your tinnitus?      
F20 Because of your tinnitus are you often tired?      
E21 Because of your tinnitus do you feel depressed?      
E22 Does your tinnitus make you feel anxious?      
C23 Do you feel that you can no longer cope with your tinnitus?      
F24 Does your tinnitus get worse when you are under stress?      
E25 Does your tinnitus make you feel insecure?       

 

 

HOW TO SCORE THE QUESTIONNAIRE

YES = 4

SOMETIMES = 2

NO = 0

TOTAL SCORE

0-16     Slight (Only heard in quiet environments)

18-36   Mild (Easily masked by environmental sounds and easily forgotten with                                                        activities)

38-56   Moderate (Noticed in presence of background noise, although daily activities can still be performed)

58-76   Severe (Almost always heard, leads to disturbed sleep patterns and can interfere with daily activities)

78-100 Catastrophic (Always heard, disturbed sleep patterns, difficulty with any activities)