Tools for Assessing Tinnitus
Tinnitus, commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,”
occurs for a variety of reasons and may be temporary, intermittent, or
constant. The presence of tinnitus may have a significant life impact,
depending on the severity of the tinnitus, personality factors, and other
issues that affect the person’s daily activities. As there is no instrumental
method to assess tinnitus at this time, questionnaires are commonly used to
determine the presence and severity of tinnitus and to inform intervention.
This journal self-study explores a number of tinnitus screening tools that have
been developed to improve existing evaluation processes and increase assessment
options. Audiologists who work with adults with tinnitus will learn more about
available instruments, including how to access them, if possible, as well as
factors to consider when counseling individuals with this disorder.
You will be able to:
- explain the types of tinnitus, causes, and how it is
- describe how tinnitus may impact a person’s daily functioning
- list some of the more commonly used tinnitus assessment tools
- identify at least three factors that need to be taken into
account when considering the use of a tinnitus screener
What is a journal self-study?
A journal self-study is a set of articles from ASHA's peer-reviewed, scholarly journals and policy documents to read at your leisure. Some journal self-studies are online and others include a printed copy.
Online, multiple-choice exam