ICD-10-CM Code H73.0

Acute myringitis

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

H73.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of acute myringitis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:H73.0
Short Description:Acute myringitis
Long Description:Acute myringitis

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

  • H73.00 - Unspecified acute myringitis
  • H73.001 - ... right ear
  • H73.002 - ... left ear
  • H73.003 - ... bilateral
  • H73.009 - ... unspecified ear
  • H73.01 - Bullous myringitis
  • H73.011 - Bullous myringitis, right ear
  • H73.012 - Bullous myringitis, left ear
  • H73.013 - Bullous myringitis, bilateral
  • H73.019 - Bullous myringitis, unspecified ear
  • H73.09 - Other acute myringitis
  • H73.091 - Other acute myringitis, right ear
  • H73.092 - Other acute myringitis, left ear
  • H73.093 - Other acute myringitis, bilateral
  • H73.099 - Other acute myringitis, unspecified ear

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code H73.0:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • acute myringitis with otitis media H65 H66

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of middle ear and mastoid (H65-H75)
      • Other disorders of tympanic membrane (H73)

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.

  • Aural polyps (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Benign ear cyst or tumor (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • 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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