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Reliability and validity of the Lithuanian Tinnitus Handicap Inventory.
Medicina (Kaunas). 2016; 52(4):223-228.M

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the Lithuanian version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), a self-report measure of perceived tinnitus handicap.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

A cross-sectional psychometric validation study was performed in the University Hospital. A total of 248 subjects reporting chronic tinnitus as their primary complaint or secondary to hearing loss were encluded in the study and filled in the Lithuanian version of THI. For assessment of construct validity a subgroup of 55 participants completed the Lithuanian version of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale as a measure of self-perceived levels of anxiety and depression. Test-retest and internal consistency reliability as well as construct validity were calculated.

RESULTS

The Lithuanian version of the THI and its subscales showed a robust internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha=0.93) comparable to the original version. Statistically significant correlations were observed between the Lithuanian translation of the THI and the measures of self-perceived levels of anxiety and depression using HADS. Confirmatory factor analysis demonstrated that the three subscales of the THI Lithuanian version corresponded to three different factors, which strongly correlated between themselves.

CONCLUSIONS

The results suggest that the Lithuanian version of THI maintains its original validity and may serve as reliable and valid measure of general tinnitus related distress that can be used in a clinical setting to quantify the impact of tinnitus on daily living.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania. Electronic address: Ingrida.uloziene@lsmuni.lt.Department of Neurology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Vilnius University Hospital, Vilnius, Lithuania.Department of Neurology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania.Department Physics, Mathematics and Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Validation Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27515834

Citation

Ulozienė, Ingrida, et al. "Reliability and Validity of the Lithuanian Tinnitus Handicap Inventory." Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania), vol. 52, no. 4, 2016, pp. 223-228.
Ulozienė I, Balnytė R, Alzbutienė G, et al. Reliability and validity of the Lithuanian Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. Medicina (Kaunas). 2016;52(4):223-228.
Ulozienė, I., Balnytė, R., Alzbutienė, G., Arechvo, I., Vaitkus, A., Šileikaitė, M., Šaferis, V., & Ulozas, V. (2016). Reliability and validity of the Lithuanian Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania), 52(4), 223-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medici.2016.07.002
Ulozienė I, et al. Reliability and Validity of the Lithuanian Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. Medicina (Kaunas). 2016;52(4):223-228. PubMed PMID: 27515834.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Reliability and validity of the Lithuanian Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. AU - Ulozienė,Ingrida, AU - Balnytė,Renata, AU - Alzbutienė,Giedrė, AU - Arechvo,Irina, AU - Vaitkus,Antanas, AU - Šileikaitė,Milda, AU - Šaferis,Viktoras, AU - Ulozas,Virgilijus, Y1 - 2016/07/22/ PY - 2016/01/18/received PY - 2016/07/01/revised PY - 2016/07/09/accepted PY - 2016/8/16/pubmed PY - 2017/10/21/medline PY - 2016/8/13/entrez KW - Anxiety KW - Depression KW - Quality of life KW - Tinnitus KW - Tinnitus Handicap Inventory SP - 223 EP - 228 JF - Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) JO - Medicina (Kaunas) VL - 52 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the Lithuanian version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), a self-report measure of perceived tinnitus handicap. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional psychometric validation study was performed in the University Hospital. A total of 248 subjects reporting chronic tinnitus as their primary complaint or secondary to hearing loss were encluded in the study and filled in the Lithuanian version of THI. For assessment of construct validity a subgroup of 55 participants completed the Lithuanian version of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale as a measure of self-perceived levels of anxiety and depression. Test-retest and internal consistency reliability as well as construct validity were calculated. RESULTS: The Lithuanian version of the THI and its subscales showed a robust internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha=0.93) comparable to the original version. Statistically significant correlations were observed between the Lithuanian translation of the THI and the measures of self-perceived levels of anxiety and depression using HADS. Confirmatory factor analysis demonstrated that the three subscales of the THI Lithuanian version corresponded to three different factors, which strongly correlated between themselves. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that the Lithuanian version of THI maintains its original validity and may serve as reliable and valid measure of general tinnitus related distress that can be used in a clinical setting to quantify the impact of tinnitus on daily living. SN - 1648-9144 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27515834/Reliability_and_validity_of_the_Lithuanian_Tinnitus_Handicap_Inventory_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1010-660X(16)30038-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -