At the moment, the only ways to measure how bad tinnitus is and how it affects a person are through fairly subjective audiometric tests, questionnaires, and clinical conversations with patients. Here, we're making available the digital forms and questionnaires that we use in our own hearing centre consultations.
Many questionnaires about tinnitus have been made, and we have thought about how well each one works in the clinic and how well it shows clinical change. The questionnaires and forms we've made available are from our own personal selection. They vary in terms of the areas and details that they cover, and there are many others available.
Along with the usual medical history, physical exam, and hearing test, many clinicians also complete psychometric questionnaires for their patients. Questionnaires can be specifically related to tinnitus and hearing in order to evaluate tinnitus annoyance, distress, and severity. Other questionnaires can be used to measure general depression, anxiety, quality of life, and insomnia. By learning more about the patient's symptoms, clinicians can create a treatment plan that will improve the patient's overall quality of life and make tinnitus less stressful.
A referral path is also important because the clinician isn't always the person who will continue the patient's care.