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)

  • Chandra, N., Chang, K., Lee, A., Shekhawat, G. S., & Searchfield, G. D. (2018). Psychometric Validity, Reliability, and Responsiveness of the Tinnitus Functional Index. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 29 (7), 609-625. 10.3766/jaaa.16171
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Arier Lee, Kevin Chang, Giriraj Shekhawat
  • Durai, M., Kobayashi, K., & Searchfield, G. D. (2018). A feasibility study of predictable and unpredictable surf-like sounds for tinnitus therapy using personal music players. International Journal of Audiology, 1-7. 10.1080/14992027.2018.1476783
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kei Kobayashi
  • Searchfield, G. D., Linford, T., & Durai, M. (2018). Sound therapy and aural rehabilitation for tinnitus: a person centred therapy framework based on an ecological model of tinnitus. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-8. 10.1080/09638288.2018.1451928
  • Searchfield, G. D., Linford, T., Kobayashi, K., Crowhen, D., & Latzel, M. (2018). The performance of an automatic acoustic-based program classifier compared to hearing aid users’ manual selection of listening programs. International Journal of Audiology, 57 (3), 201-212. 10.1080/14992027.2017.1392048
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kei Kobayashi
  • Seeto, A., & Searchfield, G. D. (2018). Investigation of Extended Bandwidth Hearing Aid Amplification on Speech Intelligibility and Sound Quality in Adults with Mild-to-Moderate Hearing Loss. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 29 (3), 243-254. 10.3766/jaaa.16180
  • Durai, M., O'Keeffe MG, & Searchfield, G. D. (2018). A review of auditory prediction and its potential role in tinnitus perception. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 29 (6), 533-547. 10.3766/jaaa.17025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mithila Durai
  • Bees, K. L., Guan, D., Alsarrage, N., & Searchfield, G. D. (2017). The effects of auditory object identification and localization (AOIL) training on noise acceptance and loudness discomfort in persons with normal hearing. Speech, Language and Hearing, 1-8. 10.1080/2050571X.2017.1386870
  • Corry, M., Sanders, M., & Searchfield, G. D. (2017). The accuracy and reliability of an app-based audiometer using consumer headphones: pure tone audiometry in a normal hearing group. International journal of audiology, 56 (9), 706-710. 10.1080/14992027.2017.1321791


Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 332
New Zealand

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