An Albanian translation of a questionnaire for self-reported tinnitus assessment

Eleni Genitsaridi, Albi Dode, Birkena Qirjazi, Muntazir Mehdi, Rüdiger Pryss, Thomas Probst, Manfred Reichert, Franz Hauck, Deborah Ann Hall

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Abstract

Objective: To our knowledge, there is no published study investigating the characteristics of people experiencing tinnitus in Albania. Such a study would be important, providing the basis for further research in this region and contributing to a wider understanding of tinnitus heterogeneity across different geographic locations. The main objective of this study was to develop an Albanian translation of a standardised questionnaire for tinnitus research, namely the European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research-Screening Questionnaire (ESIT-SQ). A secondary objective was to assess its applicability and usefulness by conducting an exploratory survey on a small sample of the Albanian tinnitus population.

Design and study sample: Three translators were recruited to create the Albanian ESIT-SQ translation following good practice guidelines. Using this questionnaire, data from 107 patients attending otolaryngology clinics in Albania were collected.

Results: Participants reporting various degrees of tinnitus symptom severity had distinct phenotypic characteristics. Application of a random forest approach on this preliminary dataset showed that self-reported hearing difficulty, and tinnitus duration, pitch and temporal manifestation were important variables for predicting tinnitus symptom severity.

Conclusions: Our study provided an Albanian translation of the ESIT-SQ and demonstrated that it is a useful tool for tinnitus profiling and subgrouping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Early online date28 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jun 2021

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