ICD-10-CM Code H61

Other disorders of external ear

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H61 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other disorders of external ear. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H61
Short Description:Other disorders of external ear
Long Description:Other disorders of external ear

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • H61.0 - Chondritis and perichondritis of external ear
  • H61.00 - Unspecified perichondritis of external ear
  • H61.001 - Unspecified perichondritis of right external ear
  • H61.002 - Unspecified perichondritis of left external ear
  • H61.003 - Unspecified perichondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • H61.009 - Unspecified perichondritis of external ear, unspecified ear
  • H61.01 - Acute perichondritis of external ear
  • H61.011 - Acute perichondritis of right external ear
  • H61.012 - Acute perichondritis of left external ear
  • H61.013 - Acute perichondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • H61.019 - Acute perichondritis of external ear, unspecified ear
  • H61.02 - Chronic perichondritis of external ear
  • H61.021 - Chronic perichondritis of right external ear
  • H61.022 - Chronic perichondritis of left external ear
  • H61.023 - Chronic perichondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • H61.029 - Chronic perichondritis of external ear, unspecified ear
  • H61.03 - Chondritis of external ear
  • H61.031 - Chondritis of right external ear
  • H61.032 - Chondritis of left external ear
  • H61.033 - Chondritis of external ear, bilateral
  • H61.039 - Chondritis of external ear, unspecified ear
  • H61.1 - Noninfective disorders of pinna
  • H61.10 - Unspecified noninfective disorders of pinna
  • H61.101 - Unspecified noninfective disorders of pinna, right ear
  • H61.102 - Unspecified noninfective disorders of pinna, left ear
  • H61.103 - Unspecified noninfective disorders of pinna, bilateral
  • H61.109 - Unspecified noninfective disorders of pinna, unspecified ear
  • H61.11 - Acquired deformity of pinna
  • H61.111 - Acquired deformity of pinna, right ear
  • H61.112 - Acquired deformity of pinna, left ear
  • H61.113 - Acquired deformity of pinna, bilateral
  • H61.119 - Acquired deformity of pinna, unspecified ear
  • H61.12 - Hematoma of pinna
  • H61.121 - Hematoma of pinna, right ear
  • H61.122 - Hematoma of pinna, left ear
  • H61.123 - Hematoma of pinna, bilateral
  • H61.129 - Hematoma of pinna, unspecified ear
  • H61.19 - Other noninfective disorders of pinna
  • H61.191 - Noninfective disorders of pinna, right ear
  • H61.192 - Noninfective disorders of pinna, left ear
  • H61.193 - Noninfective disorders of pinna, bilateral
  • H61.199 - Noninfective disorders of pinna, unspecified ear
  • H61.2 - Impacted cerumen
  • H61.20 - Impacted cerumen, unspecified ear
  • H61.21 - Impacted cerumen, right ear
  • H61.22 - Impacted cerumen, left ear
  • H61.23 - Impacted cerumen, bilateral
  • H61.3 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal
  • H61.30 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified
  • H61.301 - Acquired stenosis of right external ear canal, unspecified
  • H61.302 - Acquired stenosis of left external ear canal, unspecified
  • H61.303 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified, bilateral
  • H61.309 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified, unspecified ear
  • H61.31 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to trauma
  • H61.311 - Acquired stenosis of right external ear canal secondary to trauma
  • H61.312 - Acquired stenosis of left external ear canal secondary to trauma
  • H61.313 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to trauma, bilateral
  • H61.319 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to trauma, unspecified ear
  • H61.32 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection
  • H61.321 - Acquired stenosis of right external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection
  • H61.322 - Acquired stenosis of left external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection
  • H61.323 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection, bilateral
  • H61.329 - Acquired stenosis of external ear canal secondary to inflammation and infection, unspecified ear
  • H61.39 - Other acquired stenosis of external ear canal
  • H61.391 - Other acquired stenosis of right external ear canal
  • H61.392 - Other acquired stenosis of left external ear canal
  • H61.393 - Other acquired stenosis of external ear canal, bilateral
  • H61.399 - Other acquired stenosis of external ear canal, unspecified ear
  • H61.8 - Other specified disorders of external ear
  • H61.81 - Exostosis of external canal
  • H61.811 - Exostosis of right external canal
  • H61.812 - Exostosis of left external canal
  • H61.813 - Exostosis of external canal, bilateral
  • H61.819 - Exostosis of external canal, unspecified ear
  • H61.89 - Other specified disorders of external ear
  • H61.891 - Other specified disorders of right external ear
  • H61.892 - Other specified disorders of left external ear
  • H61.893 - Other specified disorders of external ear, bilateral
  • H61.899 - Other specified disorders of external ear, unspecified ear
  • H61.9 - Disorder of external ear, unspecified
  • H61.90 - Disorder of external ear, unspecified, unspecified ear
  • H61.91 - Disorder of right external ear, unspecified
  • H61.92 - Disorder of left external ear, unspecified
  • H61.93 - Disorder of external ear, unspecified, bilateral

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of external ear (H60-H62)
      • Other disorders of external ear (H61)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Ear Disorders

Your ear has three main parts: outer, middle and inner. You use all of them in hearing. Sound waves come in through your outer ear. They reach your middle ear, where they make your eardrum vibrate. The vibrations are transmitted through three tiny bones, called ossicles, in your middle ear. The vibrations travel to your inner ear, a snail-shaped organ. The inner ear makes the nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Your brain recognizes them as sounds. The inner ear also controls balance.

A variety of conditions may affect your hearing or balance:

  • Ear infections are the most common illness in infants and young children.
  • Tinnitus, a roaring in your ears, can be the result of loud noises, medicines or a variety of other causes.
  • Meniere's disease may be the result of fluid problems in your inner ear; its symptoms include tinnitus and dizziness.
  • Ear barotrauma is an injury to your ear because of changes in barometric (air) or water pressure.

Some ear disorders can result in hearing disorders and deafness.

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  • Ear discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear emergencies (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ear examination (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Earache (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Eardrum repair (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Otosclerosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ruptured eardrum (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Tympanometry (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Wax blockage (Medical Encyclopedia)

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