Indiana Ear offers comprehensive ear care for a variety of conditions related to ear health, hearing, tinnitus, balance, headache, and more. Our clinic, serving patients in Fort Wayne, South Bend, and the surrounding communities, is run by Dr. Michael J. Disher, MD, a board-certified neurotologist who has been practicing in Indiana since 1996. Dr. Disher works closely with our three expert audiologists, Denise Bickley, AuD, Deborah King, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, and Charlene Cordes, MA, and an experienced, caring team of providers and staff that is truly committed to meeting your needs.
Meet Dr. Disher, MD
Michael J. Disher , MD is a board-certified neurotologist. Dr. Disher has been practicing as a neurotologist in Indiana since 1996. He received his undergraduate B.A. in Biology in 1981 at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Dr. Disher attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1986.
Honors and Awards
Hope College: Freshman Biology Award
Hope College: Allan C. Kinney Football Award (Outstanding Senior Player)
Hope College: Phi Beta Kappa
Internship: General Surgery; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 1986-1988
Externship, NKST missionary hospital, Mkar, Nigeria, West Africa
(Provided medical and surgical inpatient care at the intern level for six months and public health care in rural areas)
Residency: Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery; University of Michigan Medical School; Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988-1992
Fellowship: Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery; University of Michigan Medical School; Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1992-1994
American Board of Otolaryngology
Head & Neck Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners
Organizations and Societies
1981-Present Phi Beta Kappa
1986-Present Christian Medical & Dental Society
1988-Present American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Fellow
1989-1994 American Medical Association, Member
1990-Present Christian Otolaryngological Society
1993-Present Michigan State Medical Society, Member
1993-Present Washtenaw County Medical Society, Member
1993-Present Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society Council Member, 1995
1993-Present American Auditory Society, Member
1993-Present American Tinnitus Association, Member
1994-Present American Neurotology Society, Fellow
1994-Present Association for Research in Otolaryngology
1997-Present Indiana State Medical Association
Lecturer: Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan; July 1, 1992 – June 30, 1994
Assistant Professor: Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan; July 1, 1994 – June 30, 1996
Private Practice: Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, PC, Fort Wayne, Indiana; July 1, 1996 – December 31, 2010
Indiana University School of Medicine, 1998 – Present
Clinical Associate Professor: Fort Wayne Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, Fort Wayne, Indiana; November 1, 1998 – Present
Meet Our Audiologists
Denise Bickley, Au.D.
Denise completed her undergraduate training at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, IN and her graduate training at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She earned her doctorate degree through Salus University. Denise has been practicing diagnostic audiology and dispensing services in northern Indiana for 13 years. Her special interests include adult hearing aid services, including CROS hearing systems, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) management.
Ellie Zuber, Au.D.
Ellie completed her bachelors degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 where she also earned her doctorate of audiology degree in 2019. She is licensed in the state of Indiana and a member of the American Academy of Audiology. Ellie has previous experience with pediatric and adult diagnostic testing, hearing aid fittings, and cochlear implant programming. Outside of works she enjoys spending time with friends and family and volunteering at church.
Debbie earned her Master of Arts degree in Audiology from Ball State University in 1987 and her Doctorate of Audiology degree from ATSU in 2008. She is currently employed with Ear Clinic of Indiana after having owned a private practice in Fort Wayne for the past several years. Debbie is licensed by the state of Indiana and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Debbie’s current clinical work focuses on adult diagnostic hearing testing and hearing aid fittings. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and rescue pets.
Dr. Deborah King,
AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Indiana Ear is the region’s only specialty ear clinic, and we take pride in offering top-notch sub-specialty services to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions related the ear. Our staff is unique in that all patients receive customized treatment from both audiologists and our neurotologist, Dr. Disher. This multi-care approach means patients receive the right treatments and services for their specific condition.
Indiana Ear works with local organizations and professionals around the world to give back at home and abroad. We are passionate about hearing loss and the 360 million people worldwide who suffer from hearing loss.
Serving Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana
In addition to our diagnostic and treatment offerings, our clinic is home to a full amplification technology dispensing and servicing center, where you can find the top hearing aids from today’s best manufacturers. For patients who need alternative hearing loss treatment options, we also are the region’s source of implantable devices. Please visit our implants section to learn more about the various devices we use to treat patients who don’t find success with traditional hearing aids.
No matter what your ear-related health concerns may be, we encourage you to turn to Indiana Ear for the best care in northern Indiana and surrounding regions. We take pride in providing the most trusted ear care and offering treatment options for all ear-related medical concerns.
Meet Our Team
Leslie Cohen, BS
Technician/Patient Care Coordinator
Patient Care Coordinator
Front Office Administrative Assistant
Back Office Administrative Assistant
Surgery Scheduling Specialist
Our practice’s diverse staff allows us to offer all of our patients an effective combination of medical, surgical, and therapeutical care using a team-based approach. We take pride in guiding each patient to the best possible place of care, which is why we’ve been the region’s most trusted ear healthcare providers for more than two decades.