Emeritus Professor William Noble

- Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

William Noble

Phone: +61 2 6773 2528

Email: wnoble@une.edu.au


BAHons (University of Machester); MA (University of Manchester); PhD (University of Manchester)

Teaching Areas

Supervision Areas

Psychosocial effects of impaired hearing: effects in families; co-morbid mental health effects (depression, anxiety); cognitive behavioural therapy applied to improve coping with impaired hearing and tinnitus.

Research Interests

Emeritus Professor Noble's major research interests are in psychosocial effects of hearing impairment and tinnitus and methods of assessment that bear on those problems.

He is also very much interested in auditory spatial perception (sound localisation) and the effects of impaired hearing on this and related auditory functions.

Professor Noble maintains a scholarly interest in the evolution of communication.



Noble, W. Self-assessment of hearing (2nd edition). San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2013, pp. viii + 308.

Noble, W. & Davidson, I. Human Evolution, Language, and Mind. Cambridge University Press, 1996, pp xiii + 272.

Journal Articles

Noble, W., Jensen, N.S., Naylor, G., Bhullar, N., & Akeroyd, M. A short form of the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing scale suitable for clinical use: The SSQ12. International Journal of Audiology, in press.

Noble, W. Evidence about effectiveness of treatments related to tinnitus. In L. Hickson & L. Wong (eds). Evidence-Based Practice in Audiology: Evaluating Interventions for Children and Adults with Hearing Impairment. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2012, 267-282.

Malouff, J.M., Noble, W., Schutte, N.S., Bhullar, N. The Effectiveness of bibliotherapy in alleviating tinnitus-related distress. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2010, 68(3), 245-251.

Noble, W., Tyler, R. S., Dunn, C., & Bhullar, N. Younger- and older-age adults with unilateral and bilateral cochlear implants: Speech and spatial hearing self-ratings and performance. Otology & Neurotology, 2009, 30, 921-929.

Tyler, R. S., Noble, W., Coelho, C., Haskell, G., & Bardia, A. Tinnitus and hyperacusis. In J. Katz, L. Medwetsky, R. Burkard, & L. Hood (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Audiology (6th ed.). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009, pp. 726-742.

Agus, T., Akeroyd, M., Noble, W., & Bhullar, N. (2009). An analysis of the masking of speech by competing speech using self-report data. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125, 23-26.

Noble, W., Tyler, R. S., Dunn, C., & Bhullar, N. (2008). Hearing handicap ratings among different profiles of adult cochlear implant users. Ear & Hearing, 29, 112-120.