Tinnitus Acceptance Questionnaire
TINNITUS ACCEPTANCE QUESTIONNAIRE
One of the most common aspects of a person's attitude (mindset) about tinnitus is around "Acceptance". There is more of a tendency to want to "suppress" the noise of the tinnitus or "avoid" listening to it, and whether suppression and/or avoidance is intentional (explicit) or non-intentional (implicit), the meaning you attribute to the tinnitus is underpinned by non-acceptance.
There has been a growing body of research being published around tinnitus acceptance being a significant factor in tinnitus severity.
Practicing "acceptance" helps to move away from "suppression" and "avoidance". Using the Tinnitus Acceptance Questionnaire a) helps you individually to see whereabouts your acceptance lays in a range, b) helps you identify any particularly stuck aspects of acceptance and c) enables you to track your improved acceptance over time.
If you are interested in the research, you can download the papers (PDF) from here (google drive links):
The Tinnitus Acceptance Questionnaire can be found as a resource for A Liberated Mind by Steven C. Hayes, founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
HOW TO USE THE QUESTIONNAIRE
Below you will find a number of statements. *Please rate the truth of each statement as it applies to you, today. Use the following rating scale to make your choices:
0 = Never true
1 = Very rarely true
2 = Seldom true
3 = Sometimes true
4 = often true
5 = Almost always true
6 = Always true
*Note that items 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 are reverse scored
IMPORTANT NOTE: The term "chronic tinnitus" means persistent tinnitus or longstanding tinnitus. Chronic does NOT mean how you feel about it, or how loud it is etc.