Associate Professor Grant Donald Searchfield


Grant completed his Doctorate in Audiology at the University of Auckland in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Audiology Section and directs the University’s Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic.  He is an associate editor for the International Journal of Audiology, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and Scientific Reports. His research focus is cognitive processes involved in tinnitus perception and innovative technology for management of hearing loss and tinnitus.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing aids
  • Auditory cognitive processes and training
  • Mechanisms of tinnitus assessment and management of tinnitus
  • Auditory habituation
  • Particular interest is in the use of digital technology, hearing aids and music in management of tinnitus.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Searchfield, G. D., Boone, M., Bensam, J., Durai, M., Hodgson, S.-A., Linford, T., & Vogel, D. (2020). A proof-of-concept study of the benefits of a single-session of tinnitus instruction and counselling with homework on tinnitus. International journal of audiology, 59 (5), 374-382. 10.1080/14992027.2020.1719436
  • Searchfield, G. D., Spiegel, D. P., Poppe, T. N. E. R., Durai, M., Jensen, M., Kobayashi, K., ... Sundram, F. (2020). A proof-of-concept study comparing tinnitus and neural connectivity changes following multisensory perceptual training with and without a low-dose of fluoxetine. The International journal of neuroscience, 1-12. 10.1080/00207454.2020.1746310
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kei Kobayashi, Frederick Sundram, Benjamin Thompson
  • Searchfield, G. D., Poppe, T. N. E. R., Durai, M., Jensen, M., Kennedy, M. A., Maggo, S., ... Shekhawat, G. S. (2020). A proof-of-principle study of the short-term effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) on tinnitus and neural connectivity. The International journal of neuroscience, 1-12. 10.1080/00207454.2019.1702544
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederick Sundram, Kim Wise
  • Aydin, N., & Searchfield, G. D. (2019). Changes in tinnitus and physiological biomarkers of stress in response to short-term broadband noise and sounds of nature. Complementary therapies in medicine, 46, 62-68. 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.07.018
  • Searchfield, G. D., Linford, T., & Durai, M. (2019). Sound therapy and aural rehabilitation for tinnitus: a person centred therapy framework based on an ecological model of tinnitus. Disability and rehabilitation, 41 (16), 1966-1973. 10.1080/09638288.2018.1451928
  • Munro, B. A., & Searchfield, G. D. (2019). The short-term effects of recorded ocean sound with and without alpha frequency binaural beats on tinnitus perception. Complementary therapies in medicine, 44, 291-295. 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.05.005
  • Searchfield, G. D. (2019). A Client Oriented Scale of Improvement in Tinnitus for Therapy Goal Planning and Assessing Outcomes. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 30 (4), 327-337. 10.3766/jaaa.17119
  • Durai, M., Sanders, M., Kobayashi, K., & Searchfield, G. D. (2019). Auditory Streaming and Prediction in Tinnitus Sufferers. Ear and hearing, 40 (2), 345-357. 10.1097/aud.0000000000000620
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kei Kobayashi


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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2074
New Zealand

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