390 N Pearson Dr Porterville, CA 93257 US

Phone: (559) 791-1779 & Toll Free: (877) 791-1779

Mark E. Reader D.O. FAOCO
Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Surgery

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Dr. Reader's Areas of Surgical Interest Include

  • Reconstruction of the Tympanic Membrane & Middle Ear Structures
  • Laser Stapedotomy
  • Chronic Ear Surgery
  • BAHA & Ponto Implants
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Nasal & Sinus Surgery

Other Surgical Procedures Performed

  • Ear Tube Placement in Children & Adults
  • Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation
  • Tonsilectomy
  • Laryngoscopy & Vocal Cord
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Removal of Skin Cancers

Cochlear Implants

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About Cochlear Implants

Cochlear  implants are indicated for patients who have a severe hearing loss in  both ears that can no longer be effectively helped by hearing aids.
This implant requires a surgical procedure.

Patient Testimonial

We  opened our cochlear implant program in Porterville in 2005 and have  several success stories. The following is an excerpt from one of our  patients from Fresno. 

 

My  son bounces up and down in front of me, answering, "Yeah, but how did  you hear it?"  We both know the answer is cochlear implants.  The true  excitement is not that I can hear the parrot, but that I can hear the  people in my life.

How  can I describe the difference between discouragement regarding  communication when I was deaf, and the eagerness and joy in  communication with my cochlear implants?

Not  that my family ever gave up when I was deaf.  I still have a  handwritten flip chart that my son masterminded.  Now, I can hear the  love.

The  difference is equally incredible at work.  While teaching, I often call  on students to respond to questions.  Hearing the response is a  thrilling sensation.  Hearing is so much easier than speech reading.

Cochlear implants are literally awesome.

Not  any qualified surgeon will do, at least for me.  I'm picky that way.  I  do not always pay medical professionals a repeat visit.  It depends on  their attitude.   From my first appointment with Dr. Reader, I had full  confidence in him as my surgeon for cochlear implants in both ears.    Thant Dr. Reader works out of Sierra View District Hospital is an added  bonus.  What a first rate place!  The surgery and recovery both went  very well.  Not only can I hear now, I also have pleasant memories of  the experience.

I continue to ask with delight, "Awww, did you hear that!"

Bone Anchored Implants

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About Bone Anchored Implants

Bone  anchored implants are indicated for patients with deafness in one ear  or who have a normally functioning inner ear but abnormal ear canal or  middle ear.
These implants require a surgical procedure.

BAHA & Ponto Implant

These  implants are designed for people with unilateral hearing loss as  compared to cochlear implants which help people with severe hearing loss  in both ears.

For More Information on Cochlear & Bone Anchored Implants

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