South Bay Hearing
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Melinda "Sunni" McBride,
Melinda “Sunni” McBride, Doctor of Audiology, founded South Bay Hearing & Balance Center in 2007. Dr. McBride and her team of specialists have created a dynamic, award winning audiology/hearing aid practice, located in Torrance, that utilizes the newest in high tech equipment and stresses personalized customer service. She and her team have been voted South Bay’s Best Audiologists every year since 2008. The team became a member of the Audigy Group National Network in 2011. As the only Audigy Certified practice in the community, they are committed to providing the highest level of hearing care.
In 2013, Sunni acquired Mission Audiology in Mission Viejo. In 2014, she formed the Sound Wave Hearing Centers Group, a brand which will represent excellence in hearing care now and in the future.
Sunni McBride received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida in 2000. She was one of the first Doctor of Audiology recipients in California. Because of her continued success building one of the premiere hearing aid practices in Southern California, she was invited to be the first provider in the South Bay of the Lyric, totally invisible, extended wear hearing aid. As one of the top Lyric providers in the US, Sunni has become a consultant for the Lyric hearing device and has lectured and coached in several countries around the world.
Sunni feels that it is important to raise audiology awareness in the community. She has been a co-sponsor of the Senior Aging Expo. She went on a hearing mission to Guadalajara, Mexico where she was part of a team that fit 2000 hearing aids on needy people. She has appeared as a guest lecturer on CNN and local cable television, taught classes in the Audiology program at California State Los Angeles University and given presentations about hearing to local and professional organizations.
Sunni loves being a grandmother to a growing number of grandchildren. She enjoys hiking and skiing.
Dr. Ian Gerszewski joined South Bay Hearing & Balance Center in 2016. He quickly became known for his superior level of patient care and concern for the well-being of his patients. He uses a customized process to tailor solutions specific to each patient based on their lifestyle, needs, and goals. He believes that a customized approach leads to greater long-term success for his patients.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Dr. Ian continued his studies at the University of Utah where he graduated at the top of his class with his Doctor of Audiology degree (Au.D.). During his studies he worked in a variety of audiology and hospital settings providing him with a wide range of experience. He completed his residency at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center of Utah where he worked alongside a team of neurotologists and ENT specialists.
Dr. Ian earned his board certification by the American Board of Audiology in 2016. In the past he served on the board of directors for Loop Utah, which provided and advocated for assistive listening technology in the community. As a student he served on the board for the Student Academy of Audiology. Additionally, he was one of only 4 students from the United States who was invited to participate in the annual International Audiology Student Conference hosted by Oticon at the Eriksholm Research Center in Denmark.
In his free time, Dr. Ian enjoys spending time traveling and exploring the outdoors with his wife and 3 boys. Some of their favorite activities include hiking, dirt biking, camping, rock climbing, swimming, and snorkeling.
Dr. Matt Young is pleased to be part of the team at South Bay Hearing, returning to his native roots in the South Bay. Matt was introduced to the challenges of hearing loss early in his life, as he was diagnosed with moderately-severe hearing loss at the young age of 3-1/2. The hearing loss was unexpected. Matt quickly began to absorb language after his first hearing aid fitting and has benefited from the technology since then. More than 25 years later, Matt’s hearing loss has become his life’s work. His personal experience with his own hearing loss has provided insight that makes him uniquely qualified to assist others in their hearing journey.
Matt attended the local schools of Mira Catalina Elementary, Miraleste Intermediate, and Palos Verdes High School. Choosing to continue his seaside education, Matt attended UC Santa Barbara, creating his own interdisciplinary major combining course work from Audiology, Biology, and Neuropsychology. He also volunteered at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro for 6 years, providing tours to school age children.
In 2011, Matt moved to Nashville to attend the #1 ranked Audiology Doctorate program in the country at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. While embracing the southern culture of Nashville as a student, Matt worked for the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Audiology Clinic. He devoted his thesis work to studying patient input in conjunction with clinic efficiency. Matt’s love of Nashville and Vanderbilt led him to accept an externship and, later, a full-time clinical position as a Doctor of Audiology specializing in pediatric hearing aids, adult diagnostic, and vestibular diagnostics. Working with children was particularly personal work as Matt often saw himself in his patients and his parents in the families looking for solutions. He is passionate about using his experience to assist others in improving their quality of life through better hearing healthcare.
Dr. Christopher Johnson returned to South Bay Hearing in 2018, after obtaining his degree in audiology from the joint doctoral program of San Diego State University and UC San Diego. He is excited to be returning to his home town of Torrance; he attended Riviera Elementary, Richardson Middle, and South Torrance High Schools, and he attended the University of Southern California for his undergraduate studies in Spanish. He also trained musically in voice and guitar at El Camino College. He even had his hearing tested as a young child by Dr. McBride, the founder of South Bay Hearing.
Dr. Johnson performed volunteer work in Ecuador after high school and learned Spanish fluently. This experience gave him a passion for humanitarian work and for traveling abroad to experience other cultures. It also led him to a teaching position in West Los Angeles. After teaching middle school for several years, he worked at South Bay Hearing as a lab technician, audiology assistant, and hearing aid dispenser from 2012 to 2014. The compassion and excellent service provided to patients at South Bay Hearing inspired him to obtain a doctoral degree in audiology.
While in San Diego, Dr. Johnson volunteered with the California Academy of Audiology, the Lion’s Club, and several local schools to provide hearing loss awareness, speech and language services, and hearing aid services to the community. In recognition of his public service endeavors he received the Kala Singh Memorial Scholarship and the Dorothy Lee Elliot Endowment Scholarship. He provided hearing health screenings to athletes from all over the world at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at USC and continues to seek out opportunities for volunteer service whenever he can.
Dr. Anna Javins (JAY-vins) is grateful to be a part of the team at South Bay Hearing. A first-generation college graduate and Cleveland, Ohio native, she is happy to leave the gray skies and snow behind for a much more agreeable climate while working in the field she loves. While she does not have hearing loss herself, she has always been interested in patient-facing healthcare and knew from a young age that she belonged in an allied field. Dr. Javins obtained her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University in 2017, where her passion for audiology and the research that supports it flourished. While in Columbus, her love for all things Buckeyes grew as well (the football team and the delightful chocolate-covered peanut butter treats). You can take the audiologist out of Ohio, but you can’t take the Ohio State pride out of the audiologist!
Dr. Javins obtained her Doctorate of Audiology in 2021 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, the #1-ranked audiology doctorate program in the country. During her graduate education, she worked within the Vanderbilt Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory, studying various elements of hearing aid technologies. She completed a T35 Graduate Research Fellowship funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication (a member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health), examining new ways to administer diagnostic testing for patients with dizziness and imbalance.
Dr. Javins’ fourth year residency was spent at the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was fortunate to work with leading specialists in both traditional hearing devices and implantable technology. She was also a trainee member of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, exploring the prevalence of hearing loss and lack of access to treatment in the U.S. adult population. She is incredibly passionate about equitable access to hearing and balance healthcare, while ensuring patient dignity and autonomy throughout the lifespan. She has a particular interest in improving quality of life and supporting health literacy and self-advocacy in the senior years, while maintaining a holistic approach to hearing and balance healthcare.
In her free time, Dr. Javins spends plenty of quality time with her husband, Phil, watching prestigious (and not-so-prestigious) TV shows and films, and playing/cuddling with her sweet 5-year-old Black Lab/Border Collie, Ava. She enjoys exercise of all sorts (though yoga is a steady favorite) as well as cooking and baking for family and friends. She loves food and especially exploring new cuisines, so recommendations are always welcome. A lazy day looks like a blanket on the beach with a few good books loaded up on her Kindle. Dr. Javins still can’t believe the breathtaking geography of her new Southern California home, and to be honest, she hopes the wonder never fades.
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“Dr Ian is very knowledgeable and friendly. Staff is great. Very pleasurable experience every time I go.”
“South Bay Hearing is absolutely the best! Very friendly personnel. I would recommend anyone looking for hearing aids to visit South Bay Hearing .”
“Very nice lady. Polite and answered questions politely. ”
“Always pleased with the service I receive ”
“Big shout outs to Ian (my Mom's audiologist who my Mom has been seeing for a few years) and Matthew at the service desk who has recently assisted us while getting my Mom's hearing aids cleaned and serviced. Both are knowledgeable, patient and provide a high level of customer service that has been hard to find in many businesses. Thank you for taking such great care of Mom's hearing! ”
We are the South Bay's favorite hearing aid providers. We were voted the Best Audiologist of the South Bay every year since 2009. When you visit our office, you will immediately notice the difference. From the cookies and laughter to the professionalism and top technology, our patients will happily tell you that South Bay Hearing is THE place to go for hearing aids.
Hearing care services
We provide the best medical-grade prescriptive hearing aids from all of the major manufacturers. Our hearing aids are customized and tailored for patient based on their individual needs and lifestyle. In addition, we provide diagnostic audiological testing and have the only dedicated hearing aid service center in the Los Angeles area. We have five award-winning doctors of Audiology to serve you and your loved ones with the best hearing care available in Los Angeles.
- Hearing evaluation and testing
- Tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in ears) assessment and treatment
- Hearing aid dispensing and fittings
- Hearing aid sales
- Custom molded hearing aids
- Assistive listening devices
- Hearing aid programming
- Cochlear Implants
- Cerumen (earwax) removal and management
- Custom earmolds and earplugs
- Musician monitors & custom earbuds
- Repair damaged or broken hearing aids
- Hearing aid streaming products and apps
- Assistive listening devices
- Captioned phones
- Telehealth services
Hearing Aid Service Center
We service all makes and models from any Dr. or hearing aid dealer
- Sanitize instrument
- Clean microphone and speaker
- replace wax guards/filters
- Replace domes or clean ear molds
- Check for circuit distortion
- Measure volume output
- Replace non-rechargeable battery
South Bay Hearing Is Proud To Work With All Major Manufactures
- ReSound GN
- Rechargeable hearing aids
Service pets welcome
Assistive listening devices
Hours of operation
|Monday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Tuesday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Wednesday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Thursday||9 am - 5 pm|
|Friday||9 am - 5 pm|
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Accepted forms of payment
- American Express
- Financial aid
- Financing available for those who qualify
- Insurance accepted, please call for details