ICD-10-CM Code H81.92

Unspecified disorder of vestibular function, left ear

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H81.92 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified disorder of vestibular function, left ear. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H81.92 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like chronic left idiopathic vestibulopathy or dysfunction of left vestibular system or left vestibulopathy due to neurilemmoma or left vestibulopathy following medical intervention or persistent left vestibulopathy following vestibular neuronitis.

Short Description:Unspecified disorder of vestibular function, left ear
Long Description:Unspecified disorder of vestibular function, left ear


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Chronic left idiopathic vestibulopathy
  • Dysfunction of left vestibular system
  • Left vestibulopathy due to neurilemmoma
  • Left vestibulopathy following medical intervention
  • Persistent left vestibulopathy following vestibular neuronitis

Convert H81.92 to ICD-9

  • 386.9 - Vertiginous synd NOS (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Diseases of inner ear (H80-H83)
      • Disorders of vestibular function (H81)

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

Balance Problems

Have you ever felt dizzy, lightheaded, or as if the room is spinning around you? If the feeling happens often, it could be a sign of a balance problem. Balance problems can make you feel unsteady. You may also have blurred vision, confusion, and disorientation. They are one cause of falls and fall-related injuries, such as a hip fracture.

Some balance problems are due to problems in the inner ear. Others may involve another part of the body, such as the brain or the heart. Aging, infections, head injury, certain medicines, or problems with blood circulation may also cause balance problems.

It is important to see your doctor about balance problems. They can be a sign of other health problems, such as an ear infection or a stroke. Your doctor may send you to a specialist for a diagnosis. You may need a hearing test, blood tests, or imaging studies of your head and brain. Other possible tests look at your eye movements, and how your body responds to movement.

In some cases, treating the illness that is causing the disorder will help with the balance problem. Exercises, a change in diet, and some medicines also can help.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  • Dizziness (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vertigo-associated disorders (Medical Encyclopedia)

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