Meaning of Life in Patients with Tinnitus: A New Questionnaire?

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    1. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Benefactor

      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Do they want to make THI and THQ obsolete?

      An Exploratory Step Toward Measuring the 'Meaning of Life' in Patients with Tinnitus and in Cochlear Implant Users.



      Many questionnaires attempt to quantify the "quality of life." However, we believe understanding the quality of life is complex, and many widely used questionnaires do not capture the broad range of factors that we believe are important. Many do not include questions about communicating.

      We developed a preliminary questionnaire designed to measure "The Meaning of Life" from a broader perspective.

      We reviewed other scales and sought input from individuals with disabilities and developed an initial 23-item questionnaire.

      As a first step, we sampled 116 adults with tinnitus and 196 with cochlear implants (CIs). Individuals who were participating in our CI or tinnitus research programs participated.

      To compare differences between the two participant groups, independent sample t-tests were completed for specific items on the questionnaire and for the total score. We compared age and gender differences across all participants using t-tests. Statistical significance was defined as p < 0.05. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted to examine the relationship among the questionnaire items using oblique rotation to produce correlated factors. Extracted factors with an eigenvalue >1.0 were retained according to the Kaiser-Guttman rule.

      Four factors were prominent in this initial sample, which we labeled (1) friendship and positive outlook, (2) physical health, (3) hearing and mental health, and (4) satisfaction with life. Participants with tinnitus reported more trouble sleeping than participants with CI, whereas both groups had lower scores on hearing. Older patients reported more difficulty with remembering things but were more satisfied with their financial situation. Female participants reportedly had more hobbies and were more satisfied with their sex lives than male participants.

      This exploratory study intended to take a broader look at quality of life scales. Further work is needed with a larger sample including younger and older participants with and without disabilities.
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    2. Daniel Lion

      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      “Female participants had more hobbies and were more satisfied with their sex lives”

      Frederic, I want in on the next trial...
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    3. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I'm not sure what this is trying to achieve. Statistical data that tinnitus does indeed suck and degrades our quality of life?
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