Tinnitus interferes with daily life activities: a psychometric examination of the Tinnitus Disability Index.

R.F.F. Cima, J.W.S. Vlaeyen, I.H.L. Maes, M.A. Joore, L.J.C. Anteunis

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Abstract

Objectives: Tinnitus Disability Index (TDI) is presented as a novel and brief self-report measure for the assessment of the interference of tinnitus with performance in specific daily life activities. We hypothesized that the TDI is a reliable and valid measure and that tinnitus disability is strongly associated with tinnitus severity, subjective tinnitus intensity ratings, and ratings of general health.

Design: Six hundred fifteen tinnitus patients from across the Netherlands completed online a number of questionnaires about their tinnitus, their general health, and demographics. Two samples were extracted by a random split: Sample I (N = 311) for exploratory factor analysis and Sample II (N = 304) for confirmatory analysis, using structural equation modeling. One hundred forty-three of the first included respondents repeated assessment after a 2-wk time interval for test/retest analysis. Regression analyses were employed to investigate construct validity.

Results: Present analyses reveal that tinnitus disability, as measured with the TDI, might be best understood as a single-component construct, that is, one single underlying factor. The TDI is reliable over time, and tinnitus-related disability, as measured with the TDI, is strongly associated with subjective ratings of tinnitus intensity, negatively associated with quality of life ratings, and distress due to tinnitus.

Conclusions: The TDI is a brief and easily administered index measuring a unique construct, namely the experienced interference of the tinnitus with daily life activities, which is invaluable in the assessment and treatment of tinnitus patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-633
Number of pages11
JournalEar and Hearing
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • LOW-BACK-PAIN
  • FEAR-AVOIDANCE
  • MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN
  • HANDICAP INVENTORY
  • HEALTH-SURVEY
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • DISTRESS
  • INTERNET
  • VALIDITY

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Tinnitus interferes with daily life activities: a psychometric examination of the Tinnitus Disability Index. / Cima, R.F.F.; Vlaeyen, J.W.S.; Maes, I.H.L.; Joore, M.A.; Anteunis, L.J.C.

In: Ear and Hearing, Vol. 32, No. 5, 01.01.2011, p. 623-633.

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