Clin Exp Otorhinolaryngol.  2012 Mar;5(1):10-16.

Reliability and Validity of the Chinese (Mandarin) Tinnitus Handicap Inventory

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. lucy-mengzhaoli@163.com
  • 2Clinical Department, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.
  • 3Chinese Evidence-Based Medicine/Cochrane Center, Chengdu, China.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) is a commonly used self-reporting tinnitus questionnaire. We undertook this study to determine the reliability and validity of the Chinese-Mandarin version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI-CM) for measuring tinnitus-related handicaps.
METHODS
We tested the test-retest reliability, internal reliability, and construct validity of the THI-CM. Two-hundred patients seeking treatment for primary or secondary tinnitus in Southwest China were asked to complete THI-CM prior to clinical evaluation. Patients were evaluated by a clinician using standard methods, and 40 patients were asked to complete THI-CM a second time 14+/-3 days after the initial interview.
RESULTS
The test-retest reliability of THI-CM was high (Pearson correlation, 0.98), as was the internal reliability (Cronbach's alpha, 0.93). Factor analysis indicated that THI-CM has a unifactorial structure.
CONCLUSION
The THI-CM version is reliable. The total score in THI-CM can be used to measure tinnitus-related handicaps in Mandarin-speaking populations.

Keyword

Tinnitus; Reliability; Validity

MeSH Terms

Asian Continental Ancestry Group
China
Humans
Reproducibility of Results
Tinnitus
Surveys and Questionnaires
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