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updated: Jun 14, 2011, 1:14 PM

I am looking for a reliable, qualified audiologist to consider hearing aids.

Places People Are Talking About:

CostcoHearing Consultants of CaliforniaHometown Hearing Aids
Joan LoganKabir ChalfinMaxine DiBartolomeo

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 182943 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 01:47 PM

Look no further than Kabir Chalfin - 15yrs exp. Board Cert. Chalfin Hearing Aids 2607 De la Vina Street.


 COMMENT 182948P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 02:03 PM

Hearing Consultants of California
5360 Hollister Avenue
Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
email: danhauer@cox.net
They are good and they are honest. Do not try to sell something you do not need.


 COMMENT 182952P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 02:26 PM

I'm not the OP but would like to request that you share the personal experience that leads you to recommend a particular audiologist. Thanks.


 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 02:47 PM

Joan Logan, audiologist, 1919 State. She works with clients to find exactly what suits them and if something doesn't work she is fine about refunding the price. My husband has very special needs in a hearing aid, being a musician, and she has been incredibly patient with his process in finding just what works. Don't go to someone who only represents one brand, you will be sold that brand whether it's what you need or not.


 COMMENT 182962P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 03:04 PM

John Burgess at Hometown Hearing Aids. A friend uses him and he always comes through to correct any problems. Very personable and caring. Offices in Santa Maria and now in Solvang.


 COMMENT 182963P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 03:15 PM

Isn't it interesting we all routinely get our eyes checked, but hearing is NEVER routinely checked? Good for the poster for checking this out. I am going to look into it, too. Not a bad idea for everyone to do so every 5-10 years or so. I was just remembering being a kid and the truck coming to our school to test our hearing. I am wondering why that was done in schools. Was childhood hearing impairment a big concern?


 COMMENT 182986 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 04:03 PM

I've highly recommend Maxine DiBartolomeo. Maxine has fitted me for hearing aids a couple of times over the past 15 years, she is extremely knowledgeable, and also kind and patient. My hearing loss is a bit unusual, and i frequently require multiple fittings and programmings. She's the best!


 COMMENT 182995 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-14 04:44 PM

Go to Costco. Free analysis. Reasonable prices. And the great Costco money back guarantee.


 COMMENT 183083 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 06:02 AM

Remember that there is a HUGE difference between an audiologist and a hearing aid dispenser. Many audiologists do both. An audiologist has at least a master's degree behind them, where a hearing aid dispenser passed a state exam. Period. Of all the places to BUY hearing aids, only a few are AUDIOLOGISTS. These are Audiologic Associates, Maxine DiBartolomeo, David Dodero, Hearing Consultants, and Hearing Services of Santa Barbara. All the others listed above are NOT AUDIOLOGISTS. I'm not aware of any other dispensing audiologists in town. Some people like to see an audiologist who has no connection with the selling of hearing aids to get an objective opinion. There's one of those at Sansum.


 COMMENT 183103 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 07:19 AM

The law in California requires hearing aid dispensers to give you 30 days post-fitting to work with the hearing aids prior to the sale being final. Be sure you are in agreement with the dispenser when Day #1 and Day #30 is. If you give them back on day #28, for example, they can charge you for the equivalent of the office visit, but not the full price of the hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Dispensers and Dispensing Audiologists are regulated under a division of the Department of Consumer Affairs.


 GARFIELD agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 08:07 AM

About 3 weeks ago I went to Costco for a hearing test. The resulting chart was very informative, much better than my last test about 7 years ago. The charts explained the link between my specific hearing loss and the difficulty hearing certain sounds, such as "th".

My hearing has deteriorated, and I could probably receive some benefit from aids. The tester (forgot his name, sorry) was very low pressure, and agreed that aids are not cost-effective for me, at this time.

The test was at no cost.


 COMMENT 183149 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 08:59 AM

Costco Hearing Aid Center at the Ventura Costco. I've been wearing aids for years and have worked with several dispensers and audiologists and the guy at the Ventura Costco is the most thorough and seemed to be the most technically astute of any I have encountered.

All hearing aids have to be carefully tuned to the individual wearer and he spent more time on this aspect than anyone I've worked with and the results were great!

Finally, the salary of the Costco hearing aid center employees don't change if you buy or don't buy hearing aids from them. For me, that is a vey significant issue.


 COMMENT 183181P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 10:13 AM

I went to the guy at Costco in Santa Barbara. After testing me, he actually said I didn't need an aid!!

If you are a veteran, you can get one from the VA.


 COMMENT 183303 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 02:05 PM

As you age, your hearing degrades. I was told it degrades 10dB per decade past 40yrs old.

But the best thing you can do for your hearing is avoid loud noises and use hearing protection. This includes, rock concerts, power tools, race tracks, and gun fire.

Reading in dim light may not ruin your eyesight, but being around loud noises will kill your hearing.

Loud is not better.


 COMMENT 183341P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 03:58 PM

Joan Logan is great.I got my hearing aides from her the first time, and a new pair that were improved technology 5 years later. Maxine is great as well.

Costco is just like for its other products--a bargain if you happen to fit their product well--don't look for a custom product there. The hearing aid people may be fine--but when you need service or a change two years down the line, they won't be there. With Joan or Maxine, you get continuity of care. And you get a product that is customized for you--not just the bargain of the week.

All of my patients who need hearing aids I refer to Joan and Maxine.
MD in SB


 COMMENT 183365 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 04:38 PM

Hello. I agree Joan and Maxine are both great! However, if you would like another qualified audiologist with a passion for helping those who may benefit from state of the art hearing aid technology, then let me introduce myself.

My name is Donna Gilmartin and I am a graduate of UCSB. I have had an exciting career for 25 years, working alongside several well known otologists at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, St.Vincent's Hospital in Sydney Australia and the Santa Cruz Medical Foundation.

On May 1, 2011 I openned an independent practice, inside the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. I am currently working on a website and other marketing to get the word out that I am available to serve the SB community.

If you would like a free hearing test and a consultation to inform you whether a free trial with hearing aids is appropriate for you, feel free to give me a call--805-616-6431. Or, drop by the studio at 32 E. Micheltorena St, SB 93101.


 COMMENT 183381P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 05:32 PM

365 - not a paid subscriber and I don't see a paid ad from you. So you are taking advantage of edhat's comment forum to get free advertising?


 COMMENT 183382 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 05:33 PM

Costco for lots of reasons, the audiologist isn't on commission, There are lots of choices and they will help you find the right one for you. My husband lost one of his aids within a two year period and it was replaced for free.
If your aid needs work, it costs about $35 after the two year warrantee, than it is under a new warrantee.
I have used many Costco audiologists, starting in Santa Maria 15 years ago. My very favorite is Allison Smith in Superior Colorado, I think I might fly there the next time I need an aid. I first worked with her 7 years ago and she's still there.
She makes sure to keep trying until you are satisfied that you hear the best you possibly can.


 COMMENT 183438 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-15 10:49 PM

Dr. John McCaffery - 5333 Hollister (off Patterson) -- nice guy, very professional, thorough and patient.



 COMMENT 183587 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-16 02:12 PM

Thank you so much everyone. I'm the OP and definitely have problems hearing (asking people over what they said) and t.v. way too loud for most. But, like someone said, everyone should probably have their hearing checked periodically.

Love having this referral section on EdHat - I've gotten good information in other areas just reading the replies.


 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-06-21 11:49 AM

i highly recommend donna gilmartin
she is new in town
she is experienced
she is nice to look at
and her work is beyond belief!


 COMMENT 268488 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-01 06:59 AM

Dave Dodero, on State St., is outstanding. He is apprised of the latest hearing help options, takes amazing care of his patients, and really cares. It's a family run business and they give personal attention to everyone who walks through their door.


 COMMENT 340031 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 07:16 AM

Nice to look at? Geez...


 COMMENT 349742 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-03 12:08 PM

I highly recommend Donna Gilmartin. I picked her out of the three people recommended in this thread just to give the new person a chance, and I'm very glad I did. "Easy to look at" is surely irrelevant, but Donna also has years of experience, which shows. I tend to have a lot of questions, and she patiently answered them, spending extra time with me as I tried to understand the details of how the hearing aid helps. She set me up with one that has made a huge difference in my life socially. I recently had an issue with my hearing aid, and Donna saw me the same day I called, fixing the problem in her office.

This last year, I have learned that a few people interfere with honest reviews by posting slanted reviews with ulterior motives. It seems a little of that has been going on with Donna. I'm sure the two well-established audiologists in Santa Barbara are excellent, and I hope we can make room here for another top notch hearing specialist.


 COMMENT 358221 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-29 03:32 PM

Just thought I'd mention that while the audiologist does the actual hearing tests, it is the Ear/Nose/Throat doctor who can diagnose in depth. Some loss may be age related, but it isn't the automatic answer. Other things can cause or contribute to hearing loss: illness,medication side effects, wax buildup. I think it's a good idea to have the doctor check it out also. Santa Barbara has some great ENT physicians. I personally like Dr. Braganza at Sansum. My daughter loves Dr. Golgert! The House Ear Clinic in L.A. specializes in ear problems and treatments, and does a lot of cutting edge research.Their docs are world class and they have their own audiologists as well. For some good info, their website has it, including the latest on hearing aids, tinnitus, and cochlear implants. I got my hearing aid (just one) here from Maxine Di Bartolomeo, who was great! My husband got his from the VA, though, because they actually cover most or all of the cost, unlike Medicare and most insurance.



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