Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI)

Please read each question below carefully. To answer a question, select ONE of the numbers that is listed for that question, and draw a CIRCLE around it like this: 10% or 1 .

INTRUSIVE (unpleasantness, intrusiveness, persistence)

Over the PAST WEEK...
What percentage of your time awake were you consciously AWARE OF your tinnitus?
How STRONG or LOUD was your tinnitus?
What percentage of your time awake were you ANNOYED by your tinnitus?

SENSE OF CONTROL (reduced sense of control)

Over the PAST WEEK...
Did you feel IN CONTROL in regard to your tinnitus?
How easy was it for you to COPE with your tinnitus?
How easy was it for you to IGNORE your tinnitus?

COGNITIVE (cognitive interference)

Over the PAST WEEK...
Your ability to CONCENTRATE?
Your ability to THINK CLEARLY?
Your ability to FOCUS ATTENTION on other things besides your tinnitus?

SLEEP (sleep disturbance)

Over the PAST WEEK...
How often did your tinnitus make it difficult to FALL ASLEEP or STAY ASLEEP?
How often did your tinnitus cause you difficulty in getting AS MUCH SLEEP as you needed?
How much of the time did your tinnitus keep you from SLEEPING as DEEPLY or as PEACEFULLY as you would have liked?

AUDITORY (auditory difficulties attributed to tinnitus)

Over the PAST WEEK, how much has your tinnitus interfered with...
Your ability to HEAR CLEARLY?
Your ability to UNDERSTAND PEOPLE who are talking?
Your ability to FOLLOW CONVERSATIONS in a group or at meetings?

RELAXATION (interference with relaxation)

Over the PAST WEEK, how much has your tinnitus interfered with...
Your QUIET RESTING ACTIVITIES?
Your ability to RELAX?
Your ability to enjoy “PEACE AND QUIET”?

QUALITY OF LIFE (QOL) (quality of life reduced)

Over the PAST WEEK, how much has your tinnitus interfered with...
Your enjoyment of SOCIAL ACTIVITIES?
Your ENJOYMENT OF LIFE?
Your RELATIONSHIPS with family, friends and other people?
How often did your tinnitus cause you to have difficulty performing your WORK OR OTHER TASKS, such as home maintenance, school work, or caring for children or others?

EMOTIONAL (emotional distress)

Over the PAST WEEK...
How ANXIOUS or WORRIED has your tinnitus made you feel?
How BOTHERED or UPSET have you been because of your tinnitus?
How DEPRESSED were you because of your tinnitus?



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