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Purpose To create a questionnaire focused on the primary activities impaired by tinnitus and therefore more sensitive to treatments. You will receive an email whenever this article is corrected, updated, or cited in the literature.
The development of this project evolved during the support of the following: National Institutes of Health Grant R01 DC005972-01A1, the American Tinnitus Association, Action on Hearing Loss, and the Tinnitus Research Initiative. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. It is just like a ringing in the earsbut sometimes it takes the form of a high-pitched whining, electric buzzing, hissing, humming, tingling, ticking, clicking, roaring, whooshing and even more. This may also cause irritability, fatigue, depression and sometimes musical hallucinations.
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How to cite this article Passi S, Ralli G, Capparelli E, Mammone A, Scacciatelli D, Cianfrone G. The main objective of this study was to determine reliability, validity, and reproducibility of the Italian version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) self-administered questionnaire aimed at evaluating the impact of tinnitus on the quality of life of subjects affected by this symptom.
Over time, different authors have made various attempts at defining and classifying tinnitus; however, that none of their proposals has proved to be exhaustively descriptive suggests the great level of complexity of the pathogenesis and phenomenology associated with tinnitus. One of the first definitions was coined by Itard (1774-1838), who described tinnitus as "an extremely irksome discomfort, which leads to a profound sadness in affected individuals." He advised several therapeutic approaches to gain relief, among which was the use of environmental noise [1,2]. Our opinion is that no single theory, model, or hypothesis will be exhaustive in all the affected patients [21]. Tinnitus may be continuous or intermittent and it can be localized at the ear level, bilaterally or unilaterally, or at various points in the head [24]. Therefore, because the tinnitus symptom is not always associated with a specific and easily detectable pathogenic factor and varies greatly in both qualitative and quantitative terms, it escapes instrumental evaluation.
Further studies showed that the level of distress is not related to type, assumed cause, or features (such as pitch and loudness) of tinnitus [30-32]. In the course of the last two decades, several selfadministration questionnaires for the investigation of the disabling aspects of tinnitus have been reported in the literature [37,38], using various evaluation systems and presenting different features. On the occasion of the Fourth International Tinnitus Seminar in Bordeaux in 1991, Halford and Anderson [42] introduced the Subjective Tinnitus Severity Scale (STSS), composed of 16 items and a single factor evaluating severity of tinnitus in terms of intrusiveness and interference with sleep, relaxing capacity, and distress level. The two instruments discussed in the following paragraphs focus mainly on psychological reactions to tinnitus, a further confirmation of a trend in the most recent literature that takes into account tinnitus-coping strategies more than symptom severity. Normally, the tinnitus sufferer turns, in the first place, to specialists, such as an otolaryngologist or an audiologist. One of the criticisms leveled at the THI in the past was that, compared with other self-assessment scales (Tinnitus Questionnaire [TQ], THQ, TRQ), its factorial structure had not been validated [52-54]. The THI has been adopted as either a primary outcome measure or in association with other evaluation scales and has been used in double-blind trials with a control group to assess the effect of pharmacological treatments administered to tinnitus sufferers. In light of our Italian clinical experience, we chose to evaluate reliability, validity, and psychometric properties of the THI, for we believe that among all tests described in this study, its questions are the most easily understood and provide an exhaustive framework for tinnitus impact on the sufferers' everyday life and function. It is interesting to note that item 24, relating to the effect of stress on tinnitus, turns out to be the least correlated to the total score of the scale. High total scores are always suggestive of high scores in the catastrophic scale, in support of the findings of McCombe et al. These definitions based on grading are very useful in clinical practice and help doctors to quickly identify the most appropriate therapeutic choices. A trial for the treatment of acute tinnitus (symptoms started within the last 5 ? months), is being held in the UK by Auris Medical for eligible tinnitus sufferers. Auris have supplied answers to some key questions you may have about the study, and for more information please get in touch directly with the team running the study here.
A clinical trial with the new study drug AM?101 for the treatment of acute inner ear tinnitus is currently under way in hospitals and ENT clinics in the UK and other European countries. A tinnitus in the inner ear is a possible consequence of an acoustic trauma, barotrauma, operation on the middle ear, traumatic perforation of the eardrum or middle ear inflammation. This clinical trial will investigate the efficacy of the drug AM?101 in the treatment of acute inner ear tinnitus.
In an outpatient procedure, following the administration of a local anaesthetic to the eardrum, the preparation will be injected into the middle ear, from where it then passes into the inner ear. The local administration of AM?101 allows targeted treatment of the inner ear with relatively small quantities of the active ingredient. SoundCure ® Quote “For the tinnitus patient, living with this persistent condition requires changing the way he or she thinks about health care and daily life.
How to cite this article Der C, Alzerreca E, Martin JTS, Roman L, Zamorano I, Malhue J, Aliaga P, et al. INTRODUCTION: The psycho-emotional assessment is of utmost importance for evaluation of patients with tinnitus.
OBJECTIVES: We propose a linguistic validation of the THI, in order to obtain reliable answers in our country.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a translation of the original English questionnaire and assessed its feasibility by applying it in a group of patients with tinnitus. CONCLUSIONS: The adapted version of the THI shows satisfactory levels of internal consistency for the assessment of disability caused by tinnitus.
Its intensity is variable, from almost imperceptible to intolerable and intrusive, significantly compromising patient's quality of life (QOL) and even leading to suicidal ideation4. The clinical characterization of tinnitus allows defining groups which try to orientate different etiologies and helps to establish conduct. For the measurement of the psychological impact and the disability of tinnitus, the test known as Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI, Newman & Jacobson, 1967). This test consists of 25 questions easily understood by the patients with three answers for every question: "yes", "sometimes", or "not".
The THI is subdivided in three subscales, first, Functional scale, named by Newman consisted of 11 items, including the area of mental function (for example. The second subscale is the Emotional scale composed by 9 items that include affective answers provoked by the tinnitus, as anger, frustration, irritability and depression (for Example. The THI is translated into several languages and adapted or validated according to the language and the idiosyncrasy of every country in numerous publications. We realized a prospective study and analysis for statistical validation of a quality test of life and its psychological impact.
Finally we realized a Pearson's coefficient of correlation between the result of the total score of THI-CL and each of his subscales by the age of the patient and we used the statistical program JMP 9 Version.
With regard to the answers of each one of 25 items in the questionnaire THI-CL, the percentage of answers "yes" changed between a range of 4-70%; for the response "sometimes" this percentage changed between 5-45 % and for the response "not", this variation was between 20-84 % (Table 2). The great individual variability for the degree of interference in the daily life and the disability that the tinnitus provokes, determines an imperious need to use questionnaires that value the impact produced by this one. Of alternative or complementary form, multiple instruments of measurement have been in use, as the visual analogous scale (VAS) who, in response to a precise question, codes in a scale from 0 to 10 the magnitude of a criterion as the intensity of perception of the tinnitus or the level of induced inconvenience17.
From the publication of the THI, numerous translations and validations to different languages have arisen as response to the need of make an objective evaluation in these patients of the level of psychological affectation that they show. One of the characteristics that do the THI one of the most worldwide applied questionnaires in the patients' evaluation with tinnitus is his easy accomplishment correction and interpretation, demonstrating in different international studies a great facility of reproduction for the evaluation of tinnitus after a treatment14,15.
The easy reproduction and reliability in the evaluation of the psychological impact of the tinnitus, has done of the THI an important questionnaire in the patients' study with tinnitus submitted to a therapeutic intervention. The application of the THI questionnaire has spread to other areas of the audiology, as the evaluation of the adjustment to auditory prostheses in patients with hypoacusia and tinnitus, where it is possible to quantify the degree of satisfaction and response of the patient to his treatment21. The adapted version of the THI to our population presents a suitable equivalence with the original version in English, with satisfactory levels of internal consistency and easy reproduction, so that it is possible to use it in the Chilean population for the evaluation of the disability generated by tinnitus. This validation supposes an important help on having generated a tool to know the impact of this symptom in the quality of life of our patients, and providing criteria to measure the evolutionary control of the therapeutic interventions.
Institution: Surgery Department, ENT Unit, Clinica Alemana de Santiago, Facultad de Medicina Clinica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile. Paper submitted to the ITJ-SGP (Publishing Management System) on July 12, 2013; and accepted on August 12, 2013.
There is no sound in reality and you still vouch you hear it! Retaining hearing loud sounds all of the day lengthy without their dissolving anytime at all, some ear infections, nasal allergy symptoms, wax in the ear, benzodiazepine dependancy in addition to unwanted side effects of some medicines may result in tinnitus aka ringing in the ears. The THI Questionnaire: Psychometric Data for Reliability and Validity of the Italian Version. Shulman [1] defined tinnitus as "the aberrant perception of sound reported by a patient that is unrelated to an external source of stimulation," whereas Jastreboff [2] mainly referred to the most recent neurophysiological acquisitions regarding the auditory function and described tinnitus as "the perception of sound that results exclusively from activity within the nervous system without any corresponding mechanical, vibratory activity within the cochlea and not related to external stimulation of any kind" [3]. Among the various pathologies that may cause or accompany tinnitus are otitis media, otosclerosis, Meniere's disease, presbycusis, exposure to noise and ototoxic drugs, sudden deafness, head trauma, acoustic neuroma, meningitis, and temporomandibular joint disorders [6-10].
Tinnitus is a very frequent symptom among the population and, indeed, some epidemiological studies report that temporary tinnitus can be commonly perceived by individuals of any age [22,23]. It can manifest suddenly or gradually, and sufferers describe it in a broad variety of qualitative features, from hissing to tinkling, from buzzing to steaming, or as a pool of undefined sound components, all descriptions that, unfortunately, do not provide the clinician with helpful indications for therapy or pathogenesis.
As a matter of fact, no currently available methods are able to ascertain the presence of tinnitus or its severity in audiological terms: hence the necessity of alternative assessment instruments ranging beyond the audiology area and focusing instead on the impact of tinnitus on affected subjects' activities of daily living [25]. To account for the differences between tinnitus sufferers and nonsufferers, many authors considered the cognitive factor, thus identifying cognitive reactions to tinnitus as crucial to the development of habituation [33-35].
Some of these were formulated by audiologists, some others by psychologists and multidisciplinary teams.
Such a change of focus is researchers' answer to the growing evidence that tinnitus responds more readily to a global and multidisciplinary approach than to medical treatments.
Such specialists make a clinical evaluation of the auditory apparatus to exclude or detect the presence of pathological situations causing tinnitus.

It should provide indications for a multidisciplinary therapeutic approach and also serve for the assessment of therapeutic outcomes. Such validation was later provided by a Danish working group [47] and by Baguley and Andersson [52], who defined it as a distress-specific monofactorial scale. The THI was employed to evaluate the efficacy of baclofen, melatonin, and glycopyrrolate in the treatment of Meniere's disease and of Ginkgo biloba, botulinum toxin type A, gabapentin, and melatonin on tinnitus and, in the case of melatonin, on sleep [57-63]. The Centre is located at the University of Rome Sapienza, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Audiology, and Phoniatrics, G. This indicates the extent to which stress is a fundamental element in determining the degree of distress, independent of severity of tinnitus.
National Research Council Working Group 89 Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics, and Biomechanics. Additional data will also be recorded about the safety and tolerability of the use of AM?101.
Remind patients that tinnitus is different for every individual and that there is much we are still learning about tinnitus. The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), is the most known and validated test for this purpose. Statistical analysis included internal validity (Cronbach's alpha) and linear correlation tests (Pearson coefficient). It is a frequent reason for consultation and patients come to a wide range of professionals: otolaryngologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others.
Other reasons include exposition to noises, traumas of head and neck, local inflammation and use of medicaments10. In the first case, it will allow to measure the magnitude of the symptom, to know the effect of therapies, or to follow-up patients. Firstly tinnitometry, which involves the confrontation of frequency and intensity, the mask ability of tinnitus and the search for the residual inhibition and secondly and most important, psycho-emotional medicine12. Has been accepted by the principal centers because of its reliability, safety and supported validity13,14. It gives 4 points to "yes", 2 points to "sometimes", and 0 point to "not", and the sum of the total score goes from 0 to 10013,14. For Spanish-speaking population exists a Spanish version of Herraiz et al.15, translated from the English and adapted to the daily language of Spain. As specific aims we will try (1) to generate a test of auto application and easy correction in the clinical national services, (2) to obtain a reliable method for the measurement of results in the treatment of tinnitus in Chilean patients, (3) and to rely on an instrument that it should allow to measure the degree of psychological impact and disability generated by tinnitus. Translation of the original document in English "Tinnitus Handicap Inventory" of Newman and cols.
Viability of the questionnaire: in the second phase, a group of ENT residents, of Spanish native language evaluated the questionnaire. Application of the questionnaire: a group of 60 patients with tinnitus was submitted to the questionnaire THI-CL in his final version, for evaluation of disability produced by the tinnitus. Statistical Analysis: We calculated the frequency of distribution, medians and standard diversion of every item of the questionnaire THI-CL. For it, the acufenometrics measurements do not contribute sufficient information to establish a category or degree of psycho-emotional severity that allows to certify the condition of a patient in a certain minute of his disease or treatment.
Other authors have published experiences with questionnaires as the Beck's scale of depression, of frequent use in psychology, to estimate in an objective way the disability produced for tinnitus18.
As is demonstrated in the original version and in the Danish and Italian validation, Chilean version of the THI does not seem to be affected by age and sex so much for the total score and for each of his sub scales, which contributes furthermore to his cultural validity19,20.
Our experience was similar, achieving that the patients were answering entirely the questionnaire in all the cases, without difficult reports before the exposition of a question. Is considered to be significant, a difference bigger than 20 points between the initial pre-treatment questionnaire and the result post therapy in the follow-up14. All subjects reported as their main problem a tinnitus that had persisted for at least 6 months. In our view, the most exhaustive definition, including the numerous aspects of this symptom, is McFadden's: "Tinnitus is the conscious experience of a sound that originates in the head or neck, and without voluntary origin obvious to that person" [3]. Recent hypotheses refer to sensorineural hearing loss of autoimmune and neuroendocrine origin and metabolic disease. The reported prevalence of continuous tinnitus is 6-30%, of which only a portion (0.5-2%) of the population turns out to be significantly affected. Even from a quantitative viewpoint, descriptions given by tinnitus sufferers do not provide useful clinical correlates, as numerous factors can affect the patients, such as environmental noise and the level of attention that the subject pays to the symptom. In this regard, the observations of Tyler and Baker [25] of 72 patients-members of a tinnitus self-help group-are a starting point for the formulation of some specific tests.
In addition, a psychological predisposition that was hypothesized can affect tinnitus-coping abilities.
In 1990, Sweetow and Levy [40] introduced the Tinnitus Severity Scale (TSS), with 15 items and five relevant factors: symptom intrusiveness, distress, hearing loss, sleep disorders, and drug use.
The widely known Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire (TRQ), proposed by Wilson et al [45], is made up of 26 items investigating four factors: general distress, level of interference in work performance, severe distress, and avoidance strategies. As previously stated, specialists who normally see tinnitus sufferers know well that the symptom's severity is not directly related to the triggering pathology or to psychoacoustic characteristics of the symptom.
Specifically, 11 items are included in the functional scale, 9 in the emotional scale, and 5 in the catastrophic scale. These authors found the reliability of the test-retest to be high and reported a high validity correlating with other distressmeasuring scales, specifically the TQ, as shown by Baguley et al. The use of the THI in association with other instruments, such as the Tinnitus Coping Style Questionnaire, has been reported in assessing the efficacy of low-power laser on tinnitus [64]. Its validity was confirmed as an outcome-measuring instrument determining the efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy as compared to acoustical masking [68]. The first version of the questionnaire (the alpha version) constituted 45 items, some based on interviews with patients and others adapted from both the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly and the Dizziness Handicap Inventory and others based on the symptomatic categories defined by Tyler and Baker [25]. Specifically, the THI devotes 11 items to the functional scale, 9 to the emotional scale, and 5 to the catastrophic scale. These properties provide clinicians or health operators with an instrument that completes the audiology diagnosis, thus indicating the necessity for involving other professionals who are not directly related to audiology, such as psychologists and neuropsychiatrists. In that interesting and very useful study, the authors provide a characterization of the type of impact that tinnitus causes in connection with the subject's ratings. Development of tinnitus-related neuronal hyperactivity through homeostatitic plasticity after hearing loss: A computational model.
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Sudden hearing loss as a first complication of long-standing Type 1 diabetes mellitus: A case report. The inner hair cell synaptic complex: Physiology, pharmacology and new therapeutic strategies. Increases in spontaneous neural activity in the hamster dorsal cochlear nucleus following cisplatin treatment: A possible basis for cisplatin-induced tinnitus. Cisplatininduced hyperactivity in the dorsal nucleus and its relations to outer hair cell loss: relevance to tinnitus. Elevated fusiform cell activity in the dorsal nucleus of chinchillas with psychophysical evidence of tinnitus. In vivo optical imaging of toneevoked activity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus with a voltage sensitive dye. Evidence of decreased GABAergic influence on temporal integration in the inferior colliculus following acute noise exposure: A study of evoked potentials in the rats. Lateralized tinnitus studied with functional magnetic resonance imaging: Abnormal inferior colliculus activation. The perceived severity of tinnitus: Some observations concerning a large population of tinnitus patients.
Psychological characteristics of individuals high and low in their ability to cope with tinnitus.
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While the tinnitus often disappears again within a short period, in some cases it can persist stubbornly and become a considerable annoyance for sufferers. The administration into the ear ensures that most of the active ingredient reaches the intended site of action. In the UK up to 5% of the adult population is at least moderately annoying by tinnitus and in 1% severely affects its QOL2,5. The subjective tinnitus cannot be perceived by another person, whereas the other can be identified by the examiner by means of auscultation or another method8.
This score determines degrees of disability for tinnitus from slightly to severely impaired (Table 1).
Due to the tinnitus, is it difficult to enjoy social activities as going out to eat or going to the cinema?), and the area of physical function (for Example. The third scale is the Catastrophic scale composed by 5 items that reflect the desperation of the patient, disability to be able to escape of the problem, perception of having a critical illness, loss of the control and his disability to face the problem (for Example.

This version differs from our language in vocabulary and does not correspond to the linguistic local culture, without exist up to the minute experiences published of his use in Chile.
After possessing authorization of the author for the accomplishment of the project, we made a translation of the original questionnaire to the Spanish in independent form, for doctors of bilingual and Spanish native language.
In a group activity, every article was read while the participants were following the reading in a printed material. For the analysis of internal consistency of the test or reliability, we applied the test of Cronbach's Alpha Coefficient to the total score of the THI-CL questionnaire and every subscale.
These measurements allow to quantify of a reproducible form, although subjective, the severity and the tolerance of a tinnitus. In the article of Newman, the authors justify the low value obtained by the limited number of questions that compose this scale (5 items). One of the limitations of the questionnaire happens when the initial score is minor to 20 points, situation in which statistically there has not corroborated a difference between both measurements14.
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Brazilian Portuguese Language version of the "Tinnitus Handicap Inventory": validity and reproducibility. It could possibly solely be assumed by the outline of the patient. It is rather much widespread among the folks between the age groups of fifty five and 65.
Of the 72 patients, 93% (67) reported consequent changes in their lifestyle, 56% (40) reported effects on their general health, and 70% (50) reported emotional difficulties [26-29]. House [36] stated, in this regard, that the perception of tinnitus could be determined by specific personality characteristics, a viewpoint shared by other authors as well.
The TRQ is based primarily on data provided by Tyler and Baker [25] and on that from the aforementioned TEQ, THQ, and TSS.
Each item is made up of a statement that the subject can rate on a Likert scale with three alternative assessments: 0 (no), 2 (sometimes), and 4 (yes). The THI was also the main instrument employed in the study of the effects of an acoustic prosthesis on tinnitus, which evaluated 34 patients affected by tinnitus and hyperacusis and using a hearing aid for the first time [65]. The THI beta version is the one currently being used and is the object of our work (Table 1).
Each item is made up of a statement that affected subjects can rate on a Likert scale with three gradations: 0 (no), 2 (sometimes), and 4 (yes). We also computed Pearson's product-moment correlations between the THI and the three subscales (Table 3).
Each question is easily and precisely formulated and allows time for the responders to reflect on the actual impact of the symptom on their everyday life situations, unlike a standard interview. The scale that appears to be most independent of the others is the catastrophic scale; however, the low number of items in this scale should be taken into account. In Aran JM, Dauman R (eds), Tinnitus 91-Proceedings of the Fourth International Tinnitus Seminar. In Aran JM, Dauman R (eds), Tinnitus91- Proceedings of the Fourth International Tinnitus Seminar.
Compliance with these guidelines will be strictly monitored by authorities and ethics committees. Likewise, we can distinguish the pulsatile tinnitus and the not-pulsatile; the first one is usually vascular, especially in unilateral tinnitus concordant with the patients' pulsations6.
In 2006, Pena et al.16 proposed a linguistic homologation of this scale publishing a translation to the Spanish local language.
On the basis of these translations a questionnaire was made in Spanish who was checked and retro translated into the English for a professional certified translator.
They should have answered to 2 questions for every article: what does deal you with this question?
It was considered to be a criterion of incorporation, 18 year-old patients, with tinnitus subjectively diagnosed, unilateral or bilateral of more than 6 months of duration and refractory to treatment. Besides, calculation of the Cronbach's alpha coefficient was realized eliminating an item to the time of the questionnaire simultaneously, for determine the dependent variation of each item.
In our experience, a satisfactory result was obtained, without difference between the sub scales. With regard to this limitation, Newman et al.14, postulate that only the change of category of disability degree (Table 1), would allow to demonstrate an improvement later to the establishment of a treatment.
It is just like a ringing within the ears but typically it takes the type of a excessive-pitched whining, electrical buzzing, hissing, buzzing, tingling, ticking, clicking, roaring, whooshing and even more.
In any case, it is necessary to have an initial basic measurement backing up the clinical audiological evaluation and indicating the degree of tinnitus impact on the sufferers' quality of life. Each of the instruments described are meant to evaluate the direct effects of tinnitus on hearing and on function in terms of disability level. The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) [46] is a questionnaire made up of 25 items divided into three subscales: functional, emotional, and catastrophic. The score of each scale is the sum of the answers to the items that constitute the scale itself. The author stated that both questionnaires are easily used and can be completed quickly -in about 5-15 minutes for the TQ and 10 minutes for the THI-and that directions for operator's use are rather simple, though the THI shows some advantages in terms of reproducibility because it is not subject to copyright. It consists of 25 items, as a result of a selection made from the previous 45, item selection being unaffected by age, gender, and hearing level. For our purposes, we considered audiological data gathered by means of half-octave tonal liminal audiometry and impedanciometry. Subjects were told to read each question carefully and to answer by choosing one of the three possible answers-yes, no, and sometimes- without skipping any question. A Student's t-test for independent samples was used to detect differences between women and men regarding the perception of tinnitus distress (Table 4). Our choice is supported by the results of the test-retest performed on the questionnaire, which corroborated its validity and solidity as a measuring instrument. Since the chances of a cure for this type of permanent tinnitus are very low, attempts are being made to treat the tinnitus at an early stage, focusing on the inner ear.
This also means that clinical studies usually have to include a comparison with a standard treatment or placebo.
In children has been described in 6.5% of patients, although up to 34% refers tinnitus when directly questioning7.
Finally the coherence was compared between the version retro translated to English and the original version in English to obtain a definitive questionnaire. Was considered a criterion of exclusion the presence of neurological disease or have psico-organic damage. Second, factor analysis was used to evaluate the appropriateness of the 12-item questionnaire. The THI has been widely employed at an international level in clinical contexts, both to evaluate the subjective perception of handicap level and to measure the outcomes of treatments [47-51]. Perhaps this is the reason for the frequent choice of the THI by several work teams in recent years. We had the questionnaire translated a first time by a bilingual translator; since then, the translated test has been back-translated into the original language to guarantee that the author's scope was respected for each question.
These three axes: pulsatility, laterality and if it is objective or subjective can make a diagnostic approximation and orientate the clinician to a certain etiology. The answers were taken in account by a group reviser composed by medical specialists in otolaryngology for final alterations to the questionnaire.
We didn't realize segregation on the basis of audiometric results or demographic variables. Additional to this, we realized a Student's t-test for independent samples, to define if the total score of the THI-CL and each of his sub scales were presenting statistically significant differences between men and women.
The main factor is relevant to the social and emotional spheres and to problems of sleep and rest. This scale refers to the reactions of people interacting daily with tinnitus sufferers; therefore, rather than assessing the sufferers themselves, it is an additional instrument for the evaluation of how relatives, friends, and colleagues support or interact with sufferers.
The test has, indeed, been translated and validated into Danish, Spanish, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and German. According to Dobie [54] as well, both the TQ and the THI are likely to become common instruments for any work team involved in the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus [55,56]. In this manner we finished the confection of the questionnaire THI in his national version in Spanish. There was delivered an informed consent to every patient who should have been well-read and signed before the participation in the study and possess the approval of the Scientific Educational Department and Committee of Ethics of German Clinic of Santiago for the development of the investigation.
The second factor refers to hearing capacity, and the third covers patients' opinions on tinnitus.
Considering the growing interest in tinnitus in Italy, our study objective was to work at the cultural adaptation of the questionnaire to the Italian language and to its validation. Unfortunately, neither of the two questionnaires takes into consideration the presence of hyperacusis as an accessory phenomenon, though the relevant literature states that some 40% of tinnitus sufferers report this symptom as well.
The final score obtained is directly proportional to the impact of tinnitus on the sufferer's life. Tinnitus is perceived even in the presence of environmental sound; however, daily activities are not impaired.

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