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Standardised profiling for tinnitus research: the European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research Screening Questionnaire (ESIT-SQ)

Genitsaridi, Eleni; Partyka, Marta; Gallus, Silvano; Lopez-Escamez, Jose A.; Schecklmann, Martin; Mielczarek, Marzena; Trpchevska, Natalia; Santacruz, Jose L.; Schoisswohl, Stefan; Riha, Constanze; Lourenco, Matheus; Biswas, Roshni; Liyanage, Nuwan; Cederroth, Christopher R.; Perez-Carpena, Patricia; Devos, Jana; Fuller, Thomas; Edvall, Niklas K.; Hellberg, Matilda Prada; D'Antonio, Alessia; Gerevini, Stefania; Sereda, Magdalena; Rein, Andreas; Kypraios, Theodore; Hoare, Derek J.; Londero, Alain; Pryss, Rüdiger; Schlee, Winfried; Hall, Deborah A.

Authors

Eleni Genitsaridi

Marta Partyka

Silvano Gallus

Jose A. Lopez-Escamez

Martin Schecklmann

Marzena Mielczarek

Natalia Trpchevska

Jose L. Santacruz

Stefan Schoisswohl

Constanze Riha

Matheus Lourenco

Roshni Biswas

Nuwan Liyanage

Christopher R. Cederroth

Patricia Perez-Carpena

Jana Devos

Thomas Fuller

Niklas K. Edvall

Matilda Prada Hellberg

Alessia D'Antonio

Stefania Gerevini

Andreas Rein

DEREK HOARE derek.hoare@nottingham.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences

Alain Londero

Rüdiger Pryss

Winfried Schlee

Deborah A. Hall



Contributors

Eleni Genitsaridi
Researcher

Marta Partyka
Researcher

Silvano Gallus
Researcher

Jose A. Lopez-Escamez
Researcher

Martin Schecklmann
Researcher

Marzena Mielczarek
Researcher

Natalia Trpchevska
Researcher

Jose L. Santacruz
Researcher

Stefan Schoisswohl
Researcher

Constanze Riha
Researcher

Matheus Lourenco
Researcher

Roshni Biswas
Researcher

Nuwan Liyanage
Researcher

Christopher R. Cederroth
Researcher

Patricia Perez-Carpena
Researcher

Jana Devos
Researcher

Thomas Fuller
Researcher

Niklas K. Edvall
Researcher

Matilda Prada Hellberg
Researcher

Alessia D'Antonio
Researcher

Stefania Gerevini
Researcher

Andreas Rein
Project Member

Alain Londero
Researcher

Rüdiger Pryss
Researcher

Winfried Schlee
Researcher

Deborah A. Hall
Researcher

Abstract

Background
The heterogeneity of tinnitus is substantial. Its numerous pathophysiological mechanisms and clinical manifestations have hampered fundamental and treatment research significantly. A decade ago, the Tinnitus Research Initiative introduced the Tinnitus Sample Case History Questionnaire, a case history instrument for standardised collection of information about the characteristics of the tinnitus patient. Since then, a number of studies have been published which characterise individuals and groups using data collected with this questionnaire. However, its use has been restricted to a clinical setting and to the evaluation of people with tinnitus only. In addition, it is limited in the ability to capture relevant comorbidities and evaluate their temporal relationship with tinnitus.

Method
Here we present a new case history instrument which is comprehensive in scope and can be answered by people with and without tinnitus alike. This ‘European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research Screening Questionnaire’ (ESIT-SQ) was developed with specific attention to questions about potential risk factors for tinnitus (including demographics, lifestyle, general medical and otological histories), and tinnitus characteristics (including perceptual characteristics, modulating factors, and associations with co-existing conditions). It was first developed in English, then translated into Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Swedish, thus having broad applicability and supporting international collaboration.

Conclusions
With respect to better understanding tinnitus profiles, we anticipate the ESIT-SQ to be a starting point for comprehensive multi-variate analyses of tinnitus. Data collected with the ESIT-SQ can allow establishment of patterns that distinguish tinnitus from non-tinnitus, and definition of common sets of tinnitus characteristics which might be indicated by the presence of otological or comorbid systemic diseases for which tinnitus is a known symptom.

Citation

Genitsaridi, E., Partyka, M., Gallus, S., Lopez-Escamez, J. A., Schecklmann, M., Mielczarek, M., …Hall, D. A. (2019). Standardised profiling for tinnitus research: the European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research Screening Questionnaire (ESIT-SQ). Hearing Research, 377, 353-359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2019.02.017

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 27, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 2, 2019
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 25, 2019
Journal Hearing Research
Print ISSN 0378-5955
Electronic ISSN 1878-5891
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 377
Pages 353-359
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2019.02.017
Keywords Heterogeneity; Classification; Data collection; Self report; Translations
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1664219
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378595518304684

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Supplementary Material A ESITSQ Item Sources (35 Kb)
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Supplementary Material B ESITSQ English (59 Kb)
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Supplementary Material C ESITSQ Dutch (58 Kb)
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Supplementary Material D ESITSQ German (62 Kb)
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Supplementary Material E ESITSQ Italian (57 Kb)
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Supplementary Material F ESITSQ Polish (58 Kb)
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Supplementary Material G ESITSQ Spanish (60 Kb)
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Supplementary Material H ESITSQ Swedish (61 Kb)
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Supplementary Material Titles And Descriptions (18 Kb)
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