Our Hearing Professionals
ChEARS Hearing Center was voted San Diego’s Best Top 10 Finalists under Audiologist in the Union-Tribune Readers Poll. We invite you to contact us so that you can become one of our many satisfied patients and start hearing what you’ve been missing.
Robert A. Faillace, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology / Director of Hearing Health Care Services
Dr. Robert A. Faillace is an Audiologist who holds a doctorate degree in Audiology and has been providing hearing services in the San Diego area for 21 years. He is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and an adjunct professor at San Diego State University.
He is dedicated to the profession as evidenced by the care he takes with every patient as well as the many lectures and community services he provides for the hard of hearing in San Diego. His philosophy is that rehabilitation of hearing loss goes much further then the fitting of hearing aids. He firmly believes that hearing rehabilitation requires medical management, extensive patient education and counseling.
When working with Dr. Faillace in his practice, it quickly becomes apparent that he believes strongly in this philosophy and lives by it in his day to day operations. The patient's hearing health care and services they receive are his number one priority!
Lucia Kearney, Au.D. CCC-A, FAAA
Dr. Lucia Kearney has been a part of the ChEARS Hearing Center team since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University, and was awarded her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Joint Doctoral Program of Audiology at San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego. Her doctoral research focused on the impact of hearing loss on communicative stress, and she is a co-author of an article on this topic that was published in the American Journal of Audiology.
She completed her clinical externship experience at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego where she specialized in pediatric diagnostic testing, hearing aid programming and management, implantable bone conduction devices, and cochlear implant mapping.
She holds a certificate of clinical competence in audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
A native of Argentina, Dr. Kearney is fluent in Spanish and loves working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She emphasizes the importance of healthy hearing for brain development and plasticity in children as well as adults, and therefore stresses timely intervention with a potential hearing disorder. Dr. Kearney believes in a family-centered approach to hearing healthcare and invites family members to participate in the process of hearing rehabilitation.
Patient Care Coordinator
Mireya Besenti is our Patient Care Coordinator. She is the first person that greets you when you arrive at the office, schedules appointments and insures a smooth transition for our patients. Mireya is a native of San Diego and is bilingual speaking English and Spanish. She has been working at ChEARS Hearing Center since 2007. Prior to joining the ChEARS staff she attended school to become a Medical Assistant and always knew she wanted to be somewhere in the medical field. She enjoys the interaction with all our patients and staff and is eager to assist you.
Nick attended the University of Colorado at Boulder to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences before returning to his hometown of San Diego, where he now attends the joint Doctoral Program for Audiology at San Diego State University and University of California San Diego.
He works in the audiology clinic at San Diego State University as a graduate assistant when he is not in class or working for us as our audiology aide. In our office, he specializes in hearing aid orientation, connectivity, and troubleshooting. Nick continues to hone his skills in audiology each day in hopes of pursuing his passion of helping others