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Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI)
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Supplemental: Sport-Related Concussion (SRC) Subacute (after 72 hours to 3 months) and Persistent/Chronic (3 months and greater post concussion), and Acute Hospitalized, Concussion/Mild TBI, Epidemiology, Moderate/Severe TBI: Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Short Description of Instrument
The Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) is a self-report questionnaire that is a standardized and validated instrument that measures both intake (severity and negative impact of tinnitus) and outcome assessment (treatment-related changes – responsiveness) of interventions for tinnitus.
Publication Date: 2012
Sport-Related Concussion Specific: May be used when tinnitus reported.
Advantages: The TFI is standardized and validated and takes into account both intake and outcome assessment of interventions for tinnitus. It has been used before as a measure for chronic intrusive tinnitus (Meikle et al. 2012).
Limitations: While the TFI may discriminate those whose tinnitus is not a problem, floor effects in many items means it is less appropriate as a measure of change in this subgroup (Fackrell et al. 2016).
Meikle MB, Henry JA, Griest SE, Stewart BJ, Abrams HB, McArdle R, Myers PJ, Newman CW, Sandridge S, Turk DC, Folmer RL, Frederick EJ, House JW, Jacobson GP, Kinney SE, Martin WH, Nagler SM, Reich GE, Searchfield G, Sweetow R, Vernon JA. The tinnitus functional index: development of a new clinical measure for chronic, intrusive tinnitus. Ear Hear.  2012;33(2):153-176.
Fackrell K, Hall DA, Barry JG, Hoare DJ. Psychometric properties of the Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI): Assessment in a UK research volunteer population.Hear Res.2016;335:220-235.
Henry JA, Stewart BJ, Abrams HB, Newman CW, Griest S, Martin WH, Meyers PJ, Searchfield G. Tinnitus Functional Index Development and Clinical Application. Audiology Today. 2014;26(6):40-48.
Henry JA, Zaugg TL, Myers PJ, Schmidt CJ, Griest S, Legro MW, Kaelin C, Thielman EJ, Storzbach DM, McMillan GP, Carlson KF. Pilot study to develop telehealth tinnitus management for persons with and without traumatic brain injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(7):1025-1042.
Kamalski DM, Hoekstra CE, van Zanten BG, Grolman W, Rovers MM. Measuring disease-specific health-related quality of life to evaluate treatment outcomes in tinnitus patients: a systematic review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;143(2):181-185.
Tunkel DE, Bauer CA, Sun GH, Rosenfeld RM, Chandrasekhar SS, Cunningham ER Jr, Archer SM, Blakley BW, Carter JM, Granieri EC, Henry JA, Hollingsworth D, Khan FA, Mitchell S, Monfared A, Newman CW, Omole FS, Phillips CD, Robinson SK, Taw MB, Tyler RS, Waguespack R, Whamond EJ. Clinical practice guideline: tinnitus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;151(2 Suppl):S1-S40.


Document last updated August 2023