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Adaptation of the Arabic Version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory

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ObjectiveTo translate the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) into literary Arabic to come up with a unified Arabic version and to determine its validity and reliability in assessing the quality of life of Arabic-speaking patients with tinnitus.Study DesignClinical measurement study.SettingTertiary care center.Subjects and methodsThe original English THI was translated into literary Arabic by a forward- and back-translation process according to the published guidelines for cross-cultural adaptation of health-related quality-of-life measures and applied to 100 patients with chronic tinnitus. Internal consistency reliability was then assessed by calculating Cronbach?s alpha coefficient. Pearson correlation coefficients were also calculated for the different scales and the different baseline characteristics.ResultsResults showed high internal consistency and reliability coefficients (total THI: 0.93, functional subscale: 0.86, emotional subscale: 0.86, catastrophic subscale: 0.66) comparable to those of the original English THI.ConclusionThe Arabic version of the THI is a valid and reliable tool for the assessment of the impact of tinnitus on the quality of life of Arabic-speaking patients with the complaint of chronic tinnitus.

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Barake, R., et al. (2015). "Adaptation of the Arabic Version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory." Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery 154(3): 508-512.


Methods Condition Gender Age Country Setting Sample size
chronic tinnitus Both Lebanon
Healthcare Facility 100

Number of items

25 items


Measure does not require training

Required time

Less than 5 min

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Articles last updated: December 2020