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Tinnitus Handicap Inventory
 

TINNITUS HANDICAP INVENTORY

This quiz is useful to help identify the degree of problems that your tinnitus may be causing you.
Print out this questionnaire and mark your answers next to each question.

 
TINNITUS HANDICAP INVENTORY (THI)
POINTS
   
4
0
2
1. Because of your Tinnitus is it difficult for you to concentrate?
Yes
No
Sometimes
2. Does the loudness of your Tinnitus make it difficult for you to hear people?
Yes
No
Sometimes
3. Does your Tinnitus make you angry?
Yes
No
Sometimes
4. Does your Tinnitus make you confused?
Yes
No
Sometimes
5. Because of your Tinnitus are you desperate?
Yes
No
Sometimes
6. Do you complain a great deal about your Tinnitus?
Yes
No
Sometimes
7. Because of your tinnitus do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
Yes
No
Sometimes
8. Do you feel as though you cannot escape from your Tinnitus?
Yes
No
Sometimes
9. Does your Tinnitus interfere with your ability to enjoy social activities (such as going out to dinner, to the cinema)?
Yes
No
Sometimes
10. Because of your Tinnitus do you feel frustrated?
Yes
No
Sometimes
11. Because of your Tinnitus do you feel that you have a terrible disease?
Yes
No
Sometimes
12. Does your Tinnitus make it difficult to enjoy life?
Yes
No
Sometimes
13. Does your Tinnitus interfere with your job or household responsibilities?
Yes
No
Sometimes
14. Because of your Tinnitus do you find that you are often irritable?
Yes
No
Sometimes
15. Because of your Tinnitus is it difficult for you to read?
Yes
No
Sometimes
16. Does your Tinnitus make you upset?
Yes
No
Sometimes
17. Do you feel that your Tinnitus has placed stress on your relationships with members of your family and friends?
Yes
No
Sometimes
18. Do you find it difficult to focus your attention away from your Tinnitus and on to other things?
Yes
No
Sometimes
19. Do you feel that you have no control over your Tinnitus?
Yes
No
Sometimes
20. Because of your Tinnitus do you often feel tired?
Yes
No
Sometimes
21. Because of your Tinnitus do you feel depressed?
Yes
No
Sometimes
22. Does your Tinnitus make you feel anxious?
Yes
No
Sometimes
23. Do you feel you can no longer cope with your Tinnitus?
Yes
No
Sometimes
24. Does your Tinnitus get worse when you are under stress?
Yes
No
Sometimes
25. Does your Tinnitus make you feel insecure?
Yes
No
Sometimes
  TOTAL SCORE PER COLUMN
.........TOTAL SCORE:
Reference : McCombe, A., Bagueley, D., Coles, R., McKenna, L., McKinney, C. & Windle-Taylor, P. (2001), Guidelines for the grading of tinnitus severity : the results of a working group commissioned by the British Association of Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons, 1999, Clin Otolaryngol 26, 388-393.
TOTAL YOUR POINTS and then compare your total with the grade levels below.
0 – 16 Slight (Only heard in quiet environments)
GRADE 1
18 – 36 Mild (Easily masked by environmental sounds and easily forgotten with activities
GRADE 2
38 – 56 Moderate (Noticed in presence of background noise, although daily activities can still be performed)
GRADE 3
58 – 76 Severe (Almost always heard, leads to disturbed sleep patterns and can interfere with daily activities)
GRADE 4
78 – 100 Catastrophic (Always heard, disturbed sleep patterns, difficulty with any activities)
GRADE 5
At Sound idEARS and the Vancouver Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Clinic, we aim to achieve at least a TWO Grade levels change in your tinnitus, however in many cases, we are able to achieve substantially more. After taking the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, you may wish to call one of our audiologists to discuss the results and how we may be able to assist you. Our audiologists will be happy to return your calls within 24 hours of receiving your request.
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