Retest stability of the tinnitus handicap questionnaire

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1995 Sep;104(9 Pt 1):718-23. doi: 10.1177/000348949510400910.


The test-retest stability of the Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire was assessed for a sample of 32 tinnitus patients. The questionnaire is a self-report measure that quantifies the physical, emotional, and social consequences of tinnitus (factor 1), the interfering effects of tinnitus on the hearing ability of the patient (factor 2), and the patients' view of tinnitus (factor 3). Retest stability estimates were obtained in order to determine the applicability of using the questionnaire as an outcome measure following tinnitus management. High test-retest correlations emerged for factors 1 and 2, whereas factor 3 yielded inadequate retest reliability. Therefore, it is recommended that only factors 1 and 2 be used for documenting changes in self-perceived tinnitus handicap following medical, surgical, or rehabilitative intervention.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self-Assessment*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tinnitus*