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***** Google

Vishal Banthia was my doctor and surgeon. He was very straightforward and honest. My surgery went perfectly, and my recovery was just as smooth. For the first time in almost 20 years, I can properly breathe through my nose. Dr. Banthia went above and beyond what he had to do so I could breathe properly and can live the healthiest life possible moving forward. The staff at his office and also all the nurses at San Diego Outpatient were incredibly kind and gentle through this whole process.

— Daniel Herlihy


hi Ritvik,
I just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful surgical cure of my surfer’s ear. I feel lucky not only to have had you doing it but also of course to have had it done just under the Covid wire :-/
All is well with the ear and I am surfing again (occasionally, I must be getting older) and forever grateful to you.
I hope this finds you well and safe.

Thank you so much for the outstanding care you provided for me! It was totally painless. The staff was very professional & caring. Ritvik was a blast. You are extremely talented, professional & compassionate.
Kuddos to you Doc,
Loretta T.

Hi Kat,

I donʻt have everyones email. I just wanted to let Dr. Mehta, you, and everyone who helped take care of the procedure at the surgical center and California Head and Neck Specialists.

It was an excellent experience, in all aspects, and I am grateful for everything the team both at the surgical center, and California Head & Neck Specialists, including you, have done for me. It has been an outstanding experience since the beginning. Everyone was very professional and also eager to answer the many questions I had.

Special thanks to you and Dr. Mehta for the prompt and extra getting the insurance approved after its initial denial.

I canʻt wait to activate the BAHA in a little more than a months time!

Mahalo again! Words cannot express my thanks!!


Dear Dr. Leach, Thank you so very much for taking such good care of me. I really appreciate all your attention to my well-being, pre-op, op and post-op. Sincerely, R.D.

Dear Angela and Team, I want to take this opportunity to extend my thanks once again for squeezing me into your office at 4:45 PM on Friday April 7th, during my brief trip to San Diego, before then heading to Milan, Italy the next day. Your thoughtful care, endoscopic exam, and Rx for Clindamycin returned my exquisitely sore throat back to normal in just several days. I did not need the Medrol Dose pack. I was truly miserable before I saw you, and you saved me for the rest of my challenging travel agenda that week. I wish you the best of everything going forward.

Dear Dr. Mehta,

I want to thank you for the extensive work you did on my ear. I am so humbled and blessed to have a doctor with your skills and expertise.

ar Dr. Mehta,

Thank you for all you & your staff did for me in October! You all went out of your way & I’m very grateful. Have an amazing day!

Dear Dr. Mehta,
I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your caring and manner that were a part of my recovery from surgery. Your skills are impeccable and God has guided you well. I always felt you were the person to bring me to health – there was never a doubt.

Thank you for all you do and may your work always be fulfilling.

Your best fan,
Joel H.

I’m posting this review to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Sara Mattson for her sense of urgency, her expertise, and her great attitude in helping me recover from hearing loss (via great Widex devices). I can always count on Dr. Mattson to accommodate my busy schedule when things go wrong – she’s absolutely fantastic and I could not be more pleased with this association.

Thanks Dr. Mattson!

Dear Dr. Mehta, Dr. Calzada and Staff,

We wish to express our deep appreciation for your seeing us on such short notice and then treating a very difficult problem – not hearing! I was treated w/ kindness and each procedure was explained, which really helps. Since we live on a very limited income your monetary consideration was very welcomed. Please accept our many thanks for your help.

I’ve had bilateral sac surgery with tubes. Due to bilateral meniere’s disease with severe hearing loss. If you’re considering the surgery, I highly recommend Dr. Mehta as your surgeon. I have had remarkable results, they have far exceeded my expectations. My post op time was relatively painless, I have had both relieve of most of my vertigo symptoms. I have had amazing improvement of clarity with my hearing in both ears which allows my hearing aids to be more effective. The overall planning and communication with the staff was excellent!They walked me through every step and answered any and all questions that I had.

I saw Dr. Coufal for my pituitary adenoma (2.6 cm). He was so knowledgeable, patient, kind and answered all of my questions. He successfully performed the endoscopic transphenoidal adenoma resection surgery with Dr. Ritvik Mehta and I am so happy with the results. My recovery has been amazing and Dr. Coufal and his office have been so supportive and attentive to my needs and questions post-surgery. His office staff is very kind and helpful.

– Diana B.

Dr. Chang recently performed a “Balloon Procedures” to clear my sinus on both noses last Nov 13, 2014 in Carlsbad, Ca. She was very professional in all aspects…such as explaining to me in details the procedures prior, during and after. She kept asking me if I was doing Ok during the procedures and very gentle removing my sinus. I am now 62 years of age and have this issue while I was still in high school. Prior to the procedures of my sinusitis issues, I always have a headache – been taking meds to relieve the pain, breath on my mouth when I was asleep and woke up with dry throat of course, and when I talked it seems I put a cliff on my nose of which some people can barely understand what I was saying and had to repeat myself from time to time. As a trainer/instructor in the Navy, since 1984 up to today, it is very important for me to communicate well to my trainees and my head should be clear most of the time of which Dr. Chang outstanding procedures gave me unconditional motivation to continue working and provide a quality service to my customers. In addition, Dr. Mehta checked my Ear Issues and provided me a clear picture of what I needed to do to fix my hearing loss. I am a very lucky patient to have such a wonderful doctors who provided me a bigger hope that life will be more meaningful if you can truly talk and hear well to other people. God Bless to both Dr. Chang, and Dr. Mehta including their staff who are very helpful like Stefani and especially Maria. My hats off to all of you. Sincerely, Benjamin Doria

Thanks to Dr. Angela Chang I can now hear myself better and peripherally! I have not heard this well for the past 39 years after losing the hearing in my right ear due to a virus and then, recently losing some hearing loss in my left ear also! Thanks to her outstanding surgical skills in putting-in my right ear bone implant for my Cochlear Baja Hearing Device my quality of life has tremendously improved! Dr. Chang is a very professional, skilled, experienced and knowledgeable Ophthalmologist. Equally, she has the TLC trait that is extremely important for all doctors, nurses and all other medical personnel. She illustrates genuine concern and knowledge that made me feel confident in her surgical ability to operate on me! Dr. Chang is a “valuable asset” to the California Head & Neck Specialists – Ear, Nose and Throat Center, as well as to her future patients!

Thanks again, Dr. Chang for your great job in helping me with my hearing loss! I will continue to see your yearly for my hearing check-ups!

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Mrs. Rosemarie P. Beyer

Dr. Mehta and Dr. Mattson are both phenomenal. At the end of my final high school year, I was losing my hearing in my right ear at an alarming pace. In three months, my college years would begin, as a music major nonetheless. With a very tight window to do much of anything, I went to people, not robots, I knew I could trust with all my being. They put me on a path for a new cochlear implant, discussed my issue, both with me and together to ensure true satisfaction, and bestowed me with the essential gear I would’ve normally been daft of the means to venture out and find by myself. It has been the greatest time working with these professionals. I would go as far to say they are artists, and their patients are the canvases which they pour their souls into. I hear what dreams sound like, and I am certain this is only the beginning. I would never choose to go anywhere else if I want complete satisfaction and personal care.

I can’t thank you all enough. I am so excited to be on my path to hearing. Working with Dr Mehta, Sara, Dr Goldsztein, Sam and Scripps has been a pleasure. I have since met others who have received the Baha device and others due to receive it like me! I have referred several to your office.

I was referred to Dr. Goldsztein by my ENT Specialist who could not do much more for me. Dr. Goldsztein and his staff were professional and easy going and provided me with a level of comfort that I hadn’t seen before. Dr. Goldsztein determined the best course of action and laid out a Care Plan for me that included eventual surgery. My ear problems have been minimized and my life has improved and now I’m able to enjoy retirement again. Thanks Dr. Goldsztein. I would recommend Dr. Goldsztein to everyone,.

If you are looking for the best care and most conscientious care and most efficient care, this is the dr. And staff for you. Whatever your health issues or concerns you will be treated with the utmost care and efficient staff. I cannot say enough good about dr.goldzstein and his office staff.

Excellent care all the way through. Dr. Mehta has an excellent team that made my experience as easy as possible. I’ve never had an audiology work up as indepth as they performed! Dr. Mehta explained everything to me (several different ways, since I was so nervous ). He made sure I understood my issues and my choices. When I elected to go ahead and have the surgery, his staff was excellent in guiding me through the process. I received email and phone reminders, and got excellent care and attention. When an issue arose, they contacted Dr. Mehta promptly and I was seen as soon as possible. I really hate dealing with health issues, but Dr. Mehta and his staff made me feel like family. When you are scared and facing surgery … It’s nice knowing you are in excellent hands throughout the entire process !

Dr Mehta was extremely knowledgable, professional & caring. He was interested in the best welfare of myself. Staff was outstanding, friendly and caring. Especially Sam and April. If it wasn’t for their caring personality and outrageous looks I would have found another doctor, but then again, no one can compare to Dr Mehta and his staff.

Dr Mehta,

Just wanted to thank you for everything you did for us. We will always be grateful for your time and expertise. Thanks again.

I want to say how impressed my spouse and I were with your practice service. Our daughter in law phoned in the morning to see if I could get an appointment if possible the same day due to an extremely vertigo/balance condition. A coordination was needed for your office to receive via fax an audiologist test performed by another practice on me and to avoid a test duplication. Maria from your office was very efficient to get it done and an appointment she set with doctor Goldsztein. We were already impressed by the office willingness to help us out. But, the best was yet to come. Doctor Goldsztein was so kind and explained everything to make sure I was comfortable. I felt that I was seeing by a kind and knowledgeable doctor that cares. So I was at ease/calmed. The treatment I received was so much more thorough than could have been accomplished at any other practice. I am so thankful that I found Doctor Goldsztein. I will definitely refer him and your two office’s staff and technicians to friends and family. Doctor Goldsztein, keep it up, you are making a difference. Thank you very much!

Dr. Chang operated to remove polyps in my sinus
cavities this March. First of all, the staff and facility are top notch, Dr. Chang is likeable,
professional and communicates openly about all details of the procedure you will require. My recovery time was minimal, which I feel is because of the great care and skill she displays as surgeon. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing care or surgery.

Dr Menta and his staff in both offices are top notch in all aspects of the total patient experience. I have been in and around health care for 35+ years and not much surprises me, but the experiences with these professionals are both outstanding and caring without missing a beat. They have provided great pre and post op care and I would highly recommend this proactive to anyone who requires there services.

Good experience start to finish. Nothing but good to say for and for Doctor and staff.

My experience at California Hearing & Balance was excellent. My surgery went very smoothly and my hearing has shown great improvement. The staff at the clinic have all been very friendly and helpful. I am very happy with the care I received and would definitely recommend CH&B to others.

I want to say how impressed I was with everything about your practice. I phoned in the morning to see if my son could get in same day due to an extremely painful ear infection. We were able to get an appointment later in the morning and my son was seen by both Dr. Fischang and Dr. Paul. Both doctors were so kind and explained everything to my son to make sure he was comfortable. My son even remarked how much he liked this office; how calm it was in the office and how nice everyone was. The treatment he received was so much more thorough than could have been accomplished at his pediatrician’s office. I am so thankful that I found your practice and Dr. Paul and Dr. Fischang. I will definitely refer you to friends and family.

Once again, thank you for all o your attention and care that you gave Jaden.

Having a great, knowledgeable, wanting to help solve your issues audiologist is CRITICAL. Without her intervention, I would not have been satisfied with my device.

Thanks for taking care of Jaden. The care and dedication that you gave to Jaden during his surgery was first class. Thank God for having Doctors that still care for patients like you do.

Dr. Chang,
The great news today would not have been possible without the expert medical support you provided me and continue to provide. I am glad you chose the right specialty for my sake and others you will treat in the future. You are the best!

What a nice surprise to receive the landmark gift card! A friend and I often do Sunday Movie and pizza, so the card will be most useful!
Of course, I did not need an incentive to recommend your practice. I have been quite happy that Sally suggested you to me and I will continue to suggest you to others who ask. Thank you again.

I recently had the opportunity to meet some of your healthcare workers and wanted to express my appreciation for their care. After three months of having a hoarse voice I went to see Dr. Ritvik Mehta (ENT). Dr. Mehta was professional and thorough and diagnosed me with a hemorrhagic polyp on my vocal cord. He suggested 2 weeks of voice rest and then referred me to your speech therapy department, where I received treatment by Liza Blumenfeld. Ms. Blumenfeld evaluated my condition, determined that there had been no improvement in the size or character of my polyp and, in discussion with Dr. Mehta, suggested that surgery would likely be the next step. I am very grateful for Ms. Blumendfeld’s guidance and her willingness to help expedite my treatment. She is very personable, kind and complete.

It has been 2 years since you implanted my son Joseph with bilateral cochlear implants. I can’t begin to tell you the gratitude in my heart for giving my son the chance to hear. He is so so much happier since he received his CI’s. How do you being to thank someone for the gift you have given my son? I will always be forever grateful to you. Though my son had autism and we were told by others that he was too old to get speech so there was no reason to implant him, you still took a chance to let him hear. Though we were told no by others, YOU said yes! You have done more for our family than you can ever imagine. My little guy changed into a new person, he is a happier person because you were willing to do the surgery. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You should have seen the smile and how big his eyes got when he heard rain for the first time, he kept signing to me, “listen, listen.”
When he first heard a cat meow he didn’t know what it was, but once he localized the sound and figured out that it was coming from the cat, he pointed at it and started smiling and giggling.
I also wanted to say thank you for how wonderful you were with us (his parents) during that time of surgery. Your bedside manner was exceptional! You were honest and open and understanding. I was so glad to have you as my son’s surgeon.

I want to thank you, and the doctor who waited on me, for the most pleasant and thorough appointment this afternoon regarding my hearing loss.
I appreciated so much your kind and expert audio test and the advice and counsel you gave me.
I feel very confident with you good people there and plan to deal with you when I look into new hearing aids at the beginning of next year. I will look to you for advice as to what brand you recommend and look forward to seeing you again at that time.
Please pass my thanks on to the doctor who cleaned the wax from my ears.

Angela, I am breathing so much better since my operation. It was very kind of you to “go the extra mile” of customer service to fit me in before my husband had to leave for three weeks. Your kindness and work ethic are admirable. May you have many long and healthy years serving Dr. Chang’s clients! Congratulations on your new position in her office, you’re doing a great job!

Dr. Mehta, I want to thank you for the incredible job you did with my incisionless otoplasty procedure. For over the past 10 years, I have contemplated getting a traditional otoplasty and have spent literally 100s of hours researching cost, technique and everything in between. I also researched all of the top surgeons in the country… When I first met with Dr. Mehta, I immediately knew he was the right fit. His warm and friendly personality made me feel very comfortable to talk to about my issues. Also, he is one of few surgeons in the country that performs incisionless otoplasty. I now look like a better version of myself! I want to thank you again for the perfect procedure. I am so happy I finally had it done, and I couldn’t be happier with how the results turned out!

Once again, thank you for all of your attention and care that you gave J.

My son Christian R., your patient, is comfortably settled in at Georgetown University in Washington. Thanks to you and, for the first time in his life, he had no pain or discomfort while flying cross-country to Washington. I can’t thank you enough doctor and I look forward to referring anyone I can to you.

I wanted to comment on the experience I had at Dr. Mehta’s practice…My ear infection was severe, and painful, and I visited 4 times in about 10 days. Each time I was accommodated in a very timely and professional manner – it was one of the best experiences I have had at a medical practice! There was one day that Dr. Mehta was delayed due to a surgery that caused a long wait – and the next day a Starbucks card arrived in my mail as an apology for the inconvenience – NICE! That shows the personal touch that your practice takes to make sure every patient is taken care of – OUTSTANDING!…I will most certainly refer anyone I know to your practice.

Just a quick note to say thank you for all you have done for my father. Your kindness and patience has been a wonderful reassurance to our family and my father. Thank you again!