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ICD-10-CM Code H90.5
Unspecified sensorineural hearing loss

Billable Code
Billable codes are sufficient justification for admission to an acute care hospital when used a principal diagnosis.
| ICD-10 from 2011 - 2016

H90.5 is a billable ICD code used to specify a diagnosis of unspecified sensorineural hearing loss. A 'billable code' is detailed enough to be used to specify a medical diagnosis.

The ICD code H905 is used to code Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a type of hearing loss, or deafness, in which the root cause lies in the inner ear (cochlea and associated structures), vestibulocochlear nerve (cranial nerve VIII), or central auditory processing centers of the brain. SNHL accounts for about 90% of hearing loss reported. A hallmark of such hearing loss is that it is asymmetrically distributed usually toward the high frequency region, or may have a notch at some frequency. SNHL is generally permanent and can be mild, moderate, severe, profound, or total.

Specialty: Otorhinolaryngology
MeSH Code: D006319
ICD 9 Code: 389.1

Cross section of the cochlea.

Source: Wikipedia

Coding Notes for H90.5 Info for medical coders on how to properly use this ICD-10 code

Inclusion Terms:
Inclusion Terms
Inclusion Terms are a list of concepts for which a specific code is used. The list of Inclusion Terms is useful for determining the correct code in some cases, but the list is not necessarily exhaustive.
Central hearing loss NOS
Congenital deafness NOS
Neural hearing loss NOS
Perceptive hearing loss NOS
Sensorineural deafness NOS
Sensory hearing loss NOS
Code Type-1 Excludes:
Type-1 Excludes
Type-1 Excludes mean the conditions excluded are mutually exclusive and should never be coded together. Excludes 1 means "do not code here."
Abnormal auditory perception - instead, use code H93.2-
Psychogenic deafness - instead, use code F44.6

MS-DRG Mapping

  • DRG Group #154-156 - Other ear, nose, mouth and throat diagnoses with MCC.
  • DRG Group #154-156 - Other ear, nose, mouth and throat diagnoses with CC.
  • DRG Group #154-156 - Other ear, nose, mouth and throat diagnoses without CC or MCC.

Related Concepts SNOMET-CT

  • Knuckle pads, deafness AND leukonychia syndrome (disorder)
  • Asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss (disorder)
  • Hystrix ichthyosis with deafness (disorder)
  • Postoperative profound sensorineural hearing loss (disorder)

ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index References for 'H90.5 - Unspecified sensorineural hearing loss'

The ICD-10-CM Alphabetical Index links the below-listed medical terms to the ICD code H90.5. Click on any term below to browse the alphabetical index.


Sensorineural hearing loss, unspecified (approximate match)
Central hearing loss (approximate match)
Sensorineural hearing loss, asymmetrical (approximate match)

This is the official approximate match mapping between ICD9 and ICD10, as provided by the General Equivalency mapping crosswalk. This means that while there is no exact mapping between this ICD10 code H90.5 and a single ICD9 code, 389.16 is an approximate match for comparison and conversion purposes.

Parent Code: H90 - Conductive and sensorineural hearing loss

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