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OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS

A: Validated questionnaire for the assessment of tinnitus severity, which at present can be THI, THQ, TRQ or TQ (it was agreed that in the future a better and more widely validated questionnaire was required)

B: Assessment of tinnitus severity by additional questionnaires, and especially by the THI because it is believed that THI is validated in most languages

C: Assessment of depressive symptoms (e.g. BDI ) C: Assessment of anxiety (e.g. STAI ) C: Assessment of quality of life (e.g. WHODAS II ) C: Assessment of Insomnia (e.g. PSQI) C: Tinnitus loudness match C: Maskability (MML) C: Objective measurements of brain function (functional imaging, electrophysiology)

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kHz dB SL MML THI THQ TRQ TQ BDI STAI WHODAS PSQI

kilohertz decibel sensation level minimal masking level Tinnitus Handicap Inventory. (Newman et al, 1998) Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire (Kuk et al, 1990) Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire (Wilson et al, 1991) Tinnitus Questionnaire (Hallam et al. 1988) Beck Depression Inventory (Beck and Steer, 1984) State-Trait-Anxiety-Inventory (Spielberger et al, 1970) WHO Disability Assessment Schedule (McArdle et al, 2005) Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (Buysse et al, 1989)

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