Timothy C. Hain, MD Page last modified: December 13, 2010
It is often useful to get a formal measurement of subjective symptoms accompaning a hearing and balance disorder. These questionnaires are generally published in publically accessible journals, and for this reason, they are not proprietary. While using the names of these instruments often sounds impressive, when you look at them carefully, you will see that these are often composed of very simple questions/answers. In our opinion, thats OK, but we think it is pretentious to use the names of these simple lists of questions as if they were magical incantations. We prefer functional names (such as the ABC) to instruments named after their authors.
Below are some of the questionnaires that we have found useful.
We have implemented a few of these questionnaires online at this address: http://www.dizzy-doctor.com/survey/ This is a work in progress. We plan to (eventually) get them all up in a format that can be easily used by those who are interested in these things.
|Questionnaire used to quantify balance dysfunction||Link to questionnaire||Source|
|Activities specific Balance Confidence Scale (ABC)||ABC (CDH web site)||Powell and Meyers, 1995; Whitney et al, 1999|
|Berg Balance Scale. This is commonly used.||Berg et al, 1989.|
|Chambliss Mobility Survey||CMS||http://www.psych.upenn.edu/~dchamb/questionnaires/index.html|
|Dizziness Handicap Inventory. The DHI is commonly used.||DHI||Jacobson and Newman, 1990|
|Hearing screen (AAA version)||HS||
This link was dead as of 3/2010 (TCH)
|Hearing questionnaire (NIH version)||HQ||http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/10ways.asp|
|Falls efficacy scale.||FES||Tinetti, Richman et al. 1990|
|Modified falls efficacy scale (MFES)||MFES||Hill, Schwartz and others, 1996|
|Medical outcomes study short form 36 (SF-36). The link provides a public-domain source for this questionnaire. A local copy of it is here.||SF-36||
Enloe and Sheilds, 1997.
|Tinnitus History Questionnaire||THQ|
|Vestibular Activities of Daily Living. We don't know of anyone using this.||Cohen et al, 2000|
There are also numerous tasks used to quantify balance. These primarily involve having people stand in such a way that balance is challenged, and measuring their missteps. Examples are:
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