Dr. Ashley Balaker, MD

Dr. Ashley Balaker, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat  |  
Female  |  
Age 36
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Dr. Ashley Balaker, MD is an ear, nose, and throat doctor who practices in Irvine, CA. She is 36 years old and has been practicing for 10 years. Read her story

16100 Sand Canyon Ave Ste 310

Irvine, CA 92618

Contact Information

(949) 243-7787

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Heritage Provider Network
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Outer Ear Infection
very high
more than 97% of peers
Ear Disorders
very high
more than 92% of peers
more than 87% of peers

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Dr. Balaker's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Balaker "Dr. Ashley Balaker provides skilled and compassionate care for ear, nose and throat disorders and offers the most advanced options to treat, manage and prevent both acute and chronic conditions affecting the ears, nose, sinuses, and throat. She treats patients from throughout Orange County, including Irvine, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach areas. As a top-rated ENT doctor, Dr. Balaker has extensive experience diagnosing and treating an array of ear, nose and throat conditions, including acute and chronic ear infections, hearing loss, sinusitis, otosclerosis, Meniere's disease and thyroid tumors, She is also a subspecialist in hearing and balance disorders and is a leading provider of cochlear implants in patients who are severely hard of hearing or profoundly deaf. Dr. Balaker is committed to providing individualized care to each patient she treats, focusing on the needs, goals and expectations of each patient to help them understand their care options so they can experience optimal outcomes. Every treatment plan is carefully developed to ensure patients feel confident about their care every step of the way. As a dedicated ENT specialist, she continues to explore new techniques and technology through continuing education programs and professional memberships. After completing her bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA, Dr. Balaker earned her medical degree from USC Keck School of Medicine, graduating with honors. She completed her internship and residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull base surgery at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, California. During her fellowship she developed extensive expertise in treating pediatric ear malformations and hearing loss, including aural atresia and pediatric cochlear implantation. Board-certified in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, Dr. Balaker has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured about recent developments and novel treatments at leading medical conferences. She sees patients at her Irvine Office as well as a satellite location in Huntington Beach. She is affiliated with Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and Irvine, Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, and Children's Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Balaker welcomes new patients, and the practice accepts most major medical insurance plans."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Balaker "Ashley Balaker, M.D. is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and has additional subspecialty training in Otology-Neurotology. After completing her Head and Neck Surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center she underwent 2 additional years of fellowship training at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, California. There she gained additional expertise in pediatric and adult hearing and balance disorders, especially cochlear implantation, implantable hearing aids, skull base surgery, and surgical repair of congenital aural atresia. She also practices the full scope of general adult and pediatric otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at both our Laguna Beach and Irvine locations. 

Dr. Balaker believes in taking a personal approach to each patient and customizing their treatment to fit their lifestyle. She works closely with our Doctor of Audiology to optimize hearing aids and tinnitus therapies for patients in order to improve each patient's quality of life."


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  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Hearing Loss
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perilymph Fistula (PLF)
  • Pharyngitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • TMJ
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Vertigo
  • Wheezing


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  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Cochlear Implant Insertion
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nasal Surgery
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California, Los Angeles. (UCLA)
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
  • Usc-Keck Sch Med Lac/Usc Med Ctr
    Medical School | Graduated 2007
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
  • California Ear Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Balaker has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Balaker's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Balaker to family and friends
based on 8 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Balaker's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
in Irvine, CA |
I brought both my 3yr old fraternal twins for an expert opinion as their doctor diagnosed an ear infection and were prescribed antibiotics. Dr Balaker checked them, noticed they had fluid in both ears on both twins. She advised as it is their first ear infection the ear to drain the fluid and that antibiotics were not necessary. Everybody is quick to simply write up unnecessary antibiotics and move on to the next patient. Dr Balaker was calm,
in Irvine, CA |
Except the waiting time,everything was good. Dr. was kind and generous.
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Dr. Balaker accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Heritage Provider Network
  • Medicare
    Special Needs Plan SNP
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Balaker has admitting privileges

CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital
27700 Medical Center Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Hoag Hospital Newport Beach
1 Hoag Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Mission Hospital - Mission Viejo
27700 Medical Center Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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