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ICD 10 Code for Ear and Mastoid Process Diseases: Range (H60-H95)

ICD 10 Code for Ear and Mastoid Process Diseases: Range (H60-H95)

11 Jan 2022
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ICD 10 Code for Ear and Mastoid Process Diseases: Range (H60-H95)

The human auditory system is a remarkable and intricate mechanism that enables us to perceive the world through sound. However, like any other part of the human body, the ears, and its associated structures are susceptible to various diseases and conditions that can disrupt this vital sensory function. And these diseases are covered in the ICD-10 Code H60-H95 range.

Whether you're a healthcare professional looking to enhance your knowledge or a patient seeking to understand your diagnosis better, this blog series aims to be your reliable guide. 

ICD-10-CM Code H60-H62: Inflammatory Diseases of the Ear  

Inflammatory diseases of the ear often result from infections, allergies, and other factors. ICD-10 range H60 to H62 is specifically dedicated to classifying these inflammatory diseases.

Key ICD-10-CM Codes for Inflammatory Diseases of the Ear
ICD Code Description Diagnosis
H60 External Otitis Inflammation of the external ear canal caused by factors like bacterial or fungal infections
H61 Other Disorders of the External Ear This code covers a range of ear disorders, such as foreign bodies in the ear or swimmer's ear.
H62 Otitis media in diseases classified elsewhere Relates to otitis media, an infection of the middle ear associated with other diseases like mumps or tuberculosis
H62.0 Chronic Myringitis Chronic inflammation of the tympanic membrane, often leading to hearing impairment
H62.1 Chronic otitis media Refers to prolonged inflammation of the middle ear, which can cause hearing loss
H62.2 Chronic myringitis with cholesteatoma This code is for chronic inflammation of the tympanic membrane with cholesteatoma, a destructive cyst in the ear
H62.3 Chronic suppurative otitis media Chronic infection of the middle ear with persistent ear discharge
H62.4 Other chronic suppurative otitis media Various chronic middle ear infections not included in H62.3
H62.8 Other specified disorders of the external ear External ear issues that don't fit under other specific codes
H62.9 Unspecified disorder of the external ear Used when the condition is not precisely diagnosed

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ICD-10-CM Code H63-H67: Other Disorders of the External Ear 

Apart from inflammation, the external ear can be affected by many other disorders, all of which demand precise coding for accurate identification and effective treatment.

Key ICD-10-CM Codes for Other Disorders of the External Ear
ICD Code Description Diagnosis
H63.0 Cellulitis of the external ear This code signifies a bacterial infection of the external ear, leading to redness and swelling.
H63.1 Abscess of the external ear Refers to the formation of pus-filled pockets in the external ear
H63.2 Stenosis of the external ear canal Used for cases where the ear canal narrows, potentially causing hearing difficulties
H63.3 Other specified disorders of the external ear Covers unique conditions not listed in other codes
H63.4 Unspecified disorder of the external ear Applied when the exact disorder remains undiagnosed
H64 Other disorders of the ear in diseases classified elsewhere This code is associated with ear disorders linked to conditions like leprosy or syphilis.
H65 Nonsuppurative otitis media Refers to middle ear inflammation without ear discharge
H66 Suppurative and unspecified otitis media Covers both purulent (pus-related) and unspecified middle ear inflammation
H67 Otitis media in diseases classified elsewhere Similar to H62 but covers otitis media associated with diseases classified elsewhere

ICD-10-CM Code H68-H75: Diseases of the Middle Ear and Mastoid 

These codes encompass a range of conditions affecting the ear's middle ear and the adjacent mastoid bone. They include disorders of the Eustachian tube and conditions, such as mastoiditis and cholesteatoma, and various non-specific disorders of the middle ear and mastoid.

Key ICD-10-CM Codes for Diseases of the Middle Ear and Mastoid
ICD Code Description Diagnosis
H68.0 Cholesteatoma of the middle ear This code refers to the presence of cholesteatoma, a cyst-like structure, in the middle ear.
H68.1 Attic retraction pocket without cholesteatoma Describes a retraction of the upper part of the eardrum without cholesteatoma
H68.2 Other retraction pockets of the tympanic membrane Covers various retraction pockets not mentioned in H68.1
H68.3 Chronic perforation of tympanic membrane This signifies a long-standing hole or tear in the eardrum
H68.4 Other perforations of tympanic membrane Covers different types of perforations not specified in H68.3
H68.5 Unspecified perforation of tympanic membrane Applied when the type of perforation isn't specified
H69 Sequelae of inflammatory and toxic disorders of the ear Used to indicate lasting effects of ear inflammation or exposure to toxic substances.
H70 Mastoiditis and related conditions Covers various mastoid issues, including mastoiditis, a painful infection of the mastoid bone
H71 Cholesteatoma of the middle ear and mastoid This signifies the presence of cholesteatoma in both the middle ear and mastoid.
H72 Perforation of tympanic membrane Similar to H68.3 but includes all types of tympanic membrane perforations.

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ICD-10-CM Code H80-H83: Other Disorders of Ear 

ICD-10 codes H80 to H83 classify diverse conditions affecting the ear that are not specifically categorized under the previous sections. They include issues like conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, sudden deafness, vertigo, and disorders of the labyrinth.

Key ICD-10-CM Codes for Other Disorders of Ear
ICD Code Description Diagnosis
H80 Otosclerosis A condition where the bones in the middle ear fuse, causing hearing loss.
H81 Disorders of vestibular function Covers issues with the vestibular system, which affects balance and spatial orientation
H82 Vertigo Used to describe a sensation of spinning or dizziness
H83 Other disorders of the inner ear Includes various inner ear conditions not specified in the above codes


The ICD-10 codes H60-H95 provide a comprehensive framework for the classification and documentation of diseases and disorders affecting the ear and mastoid process. These codes enable healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose, treat, and bill for a wide range of ear-related conditions, from inflammatory diseases of the ear to disorders of the middle ear, mastoid, and other ear-related issues. 

The precision in coding offered by ICD-10 ensures consistency in healthcare reporting and supports critical research and epidemiological analysis in otolaryngology. 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog regarding the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes is intended for informational purposes only. We strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content. However, the ICD codes are subject to changes, updates, and modifications by authoritative bodies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other relevant healthcare organizations. These changes can occur due to advancements in medical knowledge, new diseases, evolving diagnostic criteria, or updates in medical terminology.

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