California Hearing Center & Audiology Services

"Turn Life UP!"
88 N San Mateo Dr San Mateo, CA 94401
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Clinic staff


Darcy Benson


Dr. Darcy Benson, audiologist & practice owner, has a dedication to the field of hearing care that stretches far beyond her clinic. With over 30 years of experience, her focus is on providing patient-centered care and in improving her patients' lives through better hearing.  In 2018, she was awarded the Inspired-by-Ida label, a benchmark of of quality of care, by the international non-profit organization, Ida Institute.

Prior to private practice, Dr. Benson was the director of audiology at the California Ear Institute at Stanford and carried out clinical research at ReSound Corporation, a hearing device start up manufacturer in Redwood City, CA.  She received her clinical doctorate in Audiology in 2006.

Dr. Benson is active in the field of audiology and is a consultant for a variety of companies carrying out research on new technology and fitting systems.  As  a former member of the board of directors of the California Academy of Audiology, she helped advocate for the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.  Her work has been published in professional journals and audiology textbooks.

This provider has NPI #1609803675 and is licensed in California (#693, #AU 693).
This provider participates in the following insurance and discount plans: BCBS of Michigan, Summit Township, Senior Provider Network, AMAC, Care and Save Discount Prg, Pruitt Medicare, Perkspot, Heavy and Highway, Jordan Furniture, NEI, Lake Medical Imaging, Macomb County, Plumber and Pipefitter 295, Homelink, VA Choice, Hearing Care Solutions, Harmony Hearing, UAW, PEHP, HealthPass, OCCM, AARP-HearUSA, Northwood, Paragon Home Resources, Advanced Hearing Providers, Federal Employee Program, LECOM, Sheetmetal 33 Classic Deluxe Benefit, Provider Network of America, Highmark Employee Discount , Metra, AAA, Charter Twp, Unified Hearing, MCAS, Steamfitters Local 449, Union Reporter, CAP and Plumber and Pipefitter 803.

Lais Ama


Lais Ama, hearing instrument specialist, brings to the practice 17 years of experience in providing hearing healthcare from her native country of Brazil. There she received a bachelor's degree in audiology and studied under a well-known otologist at the Pontifica Universidade Catholica.  She  worked at the University of Sao Paolo with another world-renowned otologist .  She also completed an internship at the University of Bordeaux, France, and there she was involved with clinical audiology services, hearing aids and vestibular rehabilitation.  After moving to the U.S. she worked for many years in Palo Alto at a large medical clinical providing hearing services to children and adults.



This provider is licensed in (#HA 7626).

Geleeza Idolyantes


Geleeza's smile and enthusiasm for helping her patients shines through in every interaction with them.  With a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders & Deaf studies, and licensed as a hearing aid dispenser, she is dedicated to providing quality of life improvements through hearing health care. She believes that hearing and listening are key to communication and our ability to form and maintain meaningful relationships with our friends and family.

This provider is licensed in (#HA 8480).

Ramsay Poindexter


Senior staff audiologist, Dr. Ramsay Poindexter, has had an interest in hearing for many years. Growing up with a deaf grandmother inspired her to help people with hearing loss to get the most out of life. Before joining the staff at California Hearing Center, she worked at the University of California in San Francisco where she provided hearing and vestibular diagnostics, tinnitus evaluation & rehabilitation, as well as fitting hearing devices to pediatric and adult populations. Dr. Poindexter also has specialty training in intra-operative monitoring with a variety of surgical specialties.  She currently serves on the board of the American Academy of Audiology.  

This provider has NPI #1306987003.
This provider participates in the following insurance and discount plans: Federal Employee Program, Advanced Hearing Providers, Prime Health, MCAS, Hearing Care Solutions, AARP-HearUSA, NEI, Harmony Hearing, UAW, VA Choice, Homelink and OCCM.

Clinic reviews

Read 27 verified patient reviews for California Hearing Center & Audiology Services! Their average review score is 4.96 () from 27 reviews.

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“I found California Hearing Center when I moved to California in 2013. As a person with moderate hearing loss in both ears, I must have good hearing aids and a provider I can trust. The staff - both audiologists and technicians - at the Center are professional and thorough. I feel confident and safe. Any concerns or difficulties are treated with respect and care. Finally, the cost of services is significantly less than clinics in San Francisco where I live. The drive to San Mateo is well worth the time and effort. ”

of San Francisco, CA   
06/06/2019    Review submitted online
5 out of 5 1.

“I switched from another provider. Very pleased that I did. Staff very professional, attentive, and patient with their patients (confirmed by me). Haven't heard a negative word about them.”

of San Jose, CA   
05/05/2019    Review submitted online
5 out of 5 1.

“I am extremely satisfied with my experience at CHC in San Carlos. I had had no help with my previous hearing aid place after many complaints that I was not hearing. My granddaughter who lives in Colorado researched and booked me an appointment with Darcy Benson. It was incredible service and fitting of my new hearing aids. I now hear so well, I probably hear more than I want to.”

of Palo Alto, CA   
04/06/2019    Review submitted online
5 out of 5 1.

“I have worn hearing aids for many years and have worked with four different hearing aid providers. California Hearing is definitely the best one I have used. Their service is comprehensive and professional, including providing me with temporary hearing aids while mine received warranty service. They keep me well informed on maintaining and protecting my devices which saves me money. They also keep me informed of software and hardware changes and new features in professional manner. I highly recommend California Hearing.”

of Brisbane, CA   
03/06/2019    Review submitted online
5 out of 5 1.

“The clinic provides excellent service. The evaluation and treatment were thorough. My case required a little extra time which the staff generously allowed. Their recommendations for hearing aids were sensible and responsive to my particular needs. I am thankful for their good work.”

of San Mateo, CA   
01/14/2019    Review submitted online
5 out of 5 1.

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About this clinic

At the California Hearing Center, we understand the important role that hearing plays in your life. We want to make sure you are hearing at your best so that you don’t miss anything. Our experienced staff uses the latest technology available to provide a thorough hearing evaluation. Once we’ve determined your hearing profile, we will make the appropriate recommendations for making sure you are hearing at your best. We offer the latest in hearing technology and will help you choose the solution that fits your lifestyle and budget. We consider it a privilege to help you improve your life through better hearing and strive to provide personal, individual care.

We offer two locations for your convenience: 

88 N. San Mateo Drive San Mateo, CA 94401

1008 Laurel Street San Carlos, CA 94070

Clinic services

  • Hearing evaluation
  • Hearing aids
  • Fitting and programming
  • Auditory brain training
  • Service and repair
  • Custom hearing protection
  • Custom monitors & sleeves
  • Ear wax removal 

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Hours of operation

Monday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Accepted forms of payment

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Debit
  • Financing available for those who qualify
  • Insurance accepted, please call for details
Disclaimer: This clinic profile is for general information purposes only. Financial aid and insurance coverage can vary widely by policy and should be verified with the provider before services are rendered.