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Validation of the THI-12 questionnaire for international use in assessing tinnitus: a multi-centre, prospective, observational study.
Int J Audiol. 2012 Sep; 51(9):671-7.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To investigate and confirm the reliability and validity of the tinnitus handicap inventory 12 (THI-12) in various countries and languages.

DESIGN

Prospective, observational study conducted in seven countries, using linguistically harmonized versions of the THI-12 in six languages. These were evaluated for test-retest reliability, internal consistency reliability, known-groups validity, and construct validity. Basic psychometric properties of supporting instruments were compared. Questionnaires were completed by the subjects at baseline and again after 12-30 days.

STUDY SAMPLE

Adults with a clinical diagnosis of subjective tinnitus.

RESULTS

An exploratory factor analysis of the THI-12 items for the U.S. study population at baseline revealed a single common factor of high eigenvalue. Confirmatory factor analysis supported this in the separate countries. Test-retest reliability was moderate to high, and the conclusions were supported by a known-groups analysis; correlations with other scales expected to support construct validity were moderate.

CONCLUSIONS

The THI-12 total score showed acceptable psychometric properties for all countries tested. The relationships between the THI-12 and the one-month and one-week versions of the TRS and TSS were similar and convergent. The THI-12 is thus a promising diagnostic tool for assessing treatment effects in multi-cultural and multi-lingual trials on tinnitus therapy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH Global R&D, Frankfurt, Germany. ulli.bankstahl@merz.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Validation Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22339398

Citation

Bankstahl, Ulli S., et al. "Validation of the THI-12 Questionnaire for International Use in Assessing Tinnitus: a Multi-centre, Prospective, Observational Study." International Journal of Audiology, vol. 51, no. 9, 2012, pp. 671-7.
Bankstahl US, Elkin EP, Gebauer A, et al. Validation of the THI-12 questionnaire for international use in assessing tinnitus: a multi-centre, prospective, observational study. Int J Audiol. 2012;51(9):671-7.
Bankstahl, U. S., Elkin, E. P., Gebauer, A., & Görtelmeyer, R. (2012). Validation of the THI-12 questionnaire for international use in assessing tinnitus: a multi-centre, prospective, observational study. International Journal of Audiology, 51(9), 671-7. https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2011.653448
Bankstahl US, et al. Validation of the THI-12 Questionnaire for International Use in Assessing Tinnitus: a Multi-centre, Prospective, Observational Study. Int J Audiol. 2012;51(9):671-7. PubMed PMID: 22339398.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Validation of the THI-12 questionnaire for international use in assessing tinnitus: a multi-centre, prospective, observational study. AU - Bankstahl,Ulli S, AU - Elkin,Eric P, AU - Gebauer,Alexander, AU - Görtelmeyer,Roman, Y1 - 2012/02/20/ PY - 2012/2/21/entrez PY - 2012/2/22/pubmed PY - 2013/1/4/medline SP - 671 EP - 7 JF - International journal of audiology JO - Int J Audiol VL - 51 IS - 9 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To investigate and confirm the reliability and validity of the tinnitus handicap inventory 12 (THI-12) in various countries and languages. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study conducted in seven countries, using linguistically harmonized versions of the THI-12 in six languages. These were evaluated for test-retest reliability, internal consistency reliability, known-groups validity, and construct validity. Basic psychometric properties of supporting instruments were compared. Questionnaires were completed by the subjects at baseline and again after 12-30 days. STUDY SAMPLE: Adults with a clinical diagnosis of subjective tinnitus. RESULTS: An exploratory factor analysis of the THI-12 items for the U.S. study population at baseline revealed a single common factor of high eigenvalue. Confirmatory factor analysis supported this in the separate countries. Test-retest reliability was moderate to high, and the conclusions were supported by a known-groups analysis; correlations with other scales expected to support construct validity were moderate. CONCLUSIONS: The THI-12 total score showed acceptable psychometric properties for all countries tested. The relationships between the THI-12 and the one-month and one-week versions of the TRS and TSS were similar and convergent. The THI-12 is thus a promising diagnostic tool for assessing treatment effects in multi-cultural and multi-lingual trials on tinnitus therapy. SN - 1708-8186 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22339398/Validation_of_the_THI_12_questionnaire_for_international_use_in_assessing_tinnitus:_a_multi_centre_prospective_observational_study_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/14992027.2011.653448 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -