ICD-10-CM Code H90.5

Unspecified sensorineural hearing loss

Version 2020 Replaced Code Billable Code

Valid for Submission

H90.5 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of unspecified sensorineural hearing loss. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code H90.5 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like 10p partial monosomy syndrome, 3-methylglutaconic aciduria, 3-methylglutaconic aciduria type 4, 3-methylglutaconic aciduria type iv with sensorineural deafness, encephalopathy and leigh-like syndrome, achalasia of esophagus, acquired sensorineural hearing loss, etc

Short Description:Unspecified sensorineural hearing loss
Long Description:Unspecified sensorineural hearing loss

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • H90.A21 - Snsrnrl hear loss, uni, r ear, with rstrcd hear cntra side
  • H90.A22 - Snsrnrl hear loss, uni, l ear, with rstrcd hear cntra side

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 H90.5:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Central hearing loss NOS
  • Congenital deafness NOS
  • Neural hearing loss NOS
  • Perceptive hearing loss NOS
  • Sensorineural deafness NOS
  • Sensory hearing loss NOS

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.
  • abnormal auditory perception H93.2
  • psychogenic deafness F44.6

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code H90.5 are found in the index:


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

  • 10p partial monosomy syndrome
  • 3-Methylglutaconic aciduria
  • 3-Methylglutaconic aciduria type 4
  • 3-methylglutaconic aciduria type IV with sensorineural deafness, encephalopathy and Leigh-like syndrome
  • Achalasia of esophagus
  • Acquired sensorineural hearing loss
  • Acquired sensorineural hearing loss
  • Acquired sensorineural hearing loss
  • Acquired sensorineural hearing loss
  • Albinism with deafness syndrome
  • Anal atresia
  • Aphonia, deafness, retinal dystrophy, bifid halluces, intellectual disability syndrome
  • Arts syndrome
  • Asymmetrical hearing loss
  • Asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss
  • Autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss
  • Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia, deafness and narcolepsy syndrome
  • Autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa
  • Autosomal recessive keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness syndrome
  • Black locks, oculocutaneous albinism, AND deafness of the sensorineural type
  • Central hearing loss
  • Cerebellar ataxia, areflexia, pes cavus, optic atrophy, sensorineural hearing loss syndrome
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, deafness, intellectual disability syndrome
  • Chitty Hall Baraitser syndrome
  • Combined perceptive hearing loss
  • Complete deafness
  • Complete deafness
  • Complete deafness
  • Congenital achalasia of esophagus
  • Congenital cataract with ataxia and deafness syndrome
  • Congenital cataract with deafness and hypogonadism syndrome
  • Congenital cataract, hearing loss, severe developmental delay syndrome
  • Congenital cataract, progressive muscular hypotonia, hearing loss, developmental delay syndrome
  • Congenital deafness
  • Congenital deafness
  • Congenital deafness
  • Congenital dilatation of colon
  • Congenital hearing disorder
  • Congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy and perceptive deafness syndrome
  • Congenital kyphoscoliosis
  • Congenital nephritis
  • Congenital osteodystrophy
  • Congenital prelingual deafness
  • Congenital sensorineural hearing loss
  • Craniofacial deafness hand syndrome
  • Cutaneous syndrome with ichthyosis
  • Deafness and hypogonadism syndrome
  • Deafness and oligodontia syndrome
  • Deafness craniofacial syndrome
  • Deafness with onychodystrophy syndrome
  • Deafness, encephaloneuropathy, obesity, valvulopathy syndrome
  • Deafness, genital anomaly, metacarpal and metatarsal synostosis syndrome
  • Deafness, vitiligo, achalasia syndrome
  • Deafness-dystonia-optic neuronopathy syndrome
  • Deletion of part of chromosome 10
  • Deletion of part of chromosome 11
  • Dentinogenesis imperfecta
  • Dentinogenesis imperfecta, short stature, hearing loss, intellectual disability syndrome
  • Developmental malformation, deafness, dystonia syndrome
  • Diabetes mellitus associated with genetic syndrome
  • Diabetes-deafness syndrome maternally transmitted
  • Distal renal tubular acidosis
  • Distal renal tubular acidosis co-occurrent with sensorineural deafness
  • Dominant sensorineural hearing loss
  • DOORS syndrome
  • EAST syndrome
  • Ectodermal dysplasia and sensorineural deafness syndrome
  • Ectodermal dysplasia with nail defect
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome kyphoscoliotic and deafness type
  • End organ deafness
  • Epiphyseal dysplasia, hearing loss, dysmorphism syndrome
  • Essential tremor
  • Familial hypokalemic and hypomagnesemic tubulopathy
  • Follicular hyperkeratosis
  • Generalized dystonia
  • Gingival fibromatosis
  • Gingival fibromatosis with progressive deafness syndrome
  • Globodontia
  • Gonadal dysgenesis with auditory dysfunction, autosomal recessive inheritance
  • Hereditary essential tremor
  • Hereditary gingival fibromatosis
  • Heritable disorder of neutrophil function
  • High frequency deafness
  • High frequency sensorineural hearing loss in right ear
  • Hirschsprung disease with deafness and polydactyly syndrome
  • Hypertelorism
  • Hypertelorism, preauricular sinus, punctual pits, deafness syndrome
  • Hypocalciuria
  • Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, severe microcephaly, sensorineural hearing loss, dysmorphism syndrome
  • Hypoparathyroidism, deafness, renal disease syndrome
  • Hystrix ichthyosis with deafness
  • Ichthyosis hystrix
  • Kawashima Tsuji syndrome
  • Keipert syndrome
  • Keratitis ichthyosis and deafness syndrome
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Keratosis pilaris with ichthyosis and deafness
  • Lipoma of lower back
  • Lowe Kohn Cohen syndrome
  • Lowry Yong syndrome
  • Male infertility of chromosomal origin
  • Mandibular hypoplasia, deafness, progeroid syndrome
  • Maternally inherited cardiomyopathy and hearing loss syndrome
  • Megaloblastic anemia due to inborn errors of metabolism
  • Megaloblastic anemia, thiamine-responsive, with diabetes mellitus and sensorineural deafness
  • Narcolepsy
  • Nathalie syndrome
  • Nephrosis, deafness, urinary tract, digital malformation syndrome
  • Nephrotic syndrome, deafness, pretibial epidermolysis bullosa syndrome
  • Neural hearing loss
  • Neutropenia
  • Neutropenia, monocytopenia, deafness syndrome
  • Non-acquired combined pituitary hormone deficiency, sensorineural hearing loss, spine abnormalities syndrome
  • O/E tune fork=perceptive deaf
  • Ocular albinism
  • Ocular albinism
  • Ocular albinism with congenital sensorineural deafness
  • Ocular albinism with late-onset sensorineural deafness
  • Oculootodental syndrome
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy and deafness
  • Olivopontocerebellar degeneration
  • Osteochondrodysplatic nanism, deafness, retinitis pigmentosa syndrome
  • Osteopenia, myopia, hearing loss, intellectual disability, facial dysmorphism syndrome
  • Panhypopituitarism
  • Perinatal sensorineural hearing loss
  • Peripheral neuropathy with sensorineural hearing impairment syndrome
  • Phocomelia
  • Phocomelia, ectrodactyly, deafness and sinus arrhythmia syndrome
  • Pili torti
  • Pili torti-deafness syndrome
  • Postnatal acquired sensorineural hearing loss
  • Postoperative profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Preauricular fistula
  • Premature canities
  • Primary hypersomnia
  • Profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Progressive sensorineural hearing loss and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy syndrome
  • Recessive sensorineural hearing loss
  • Renal hypocalciuria
  • Renal tubular acidosis with progressive nerve deafness
  • Retinitis pigmentosa, intellectual disability, deafness, hypogenitalism syndrome
  • Seizure, sensorineural deafness, ataxia, intellectual disability, electrolyte imbalance syndrome
  • Sellars Beighton syndrome
  • Sensorineural deafness and male infertility
  • Sensorineural deafness with dilated cardiomyopathy syndrome
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss in right ear
  • Sensorineural hearing loss of combined sites
  • Sensorineural hearing loss, early graying, essential tremor syndrome
  • Sensory hearing loss
  • Sensory hearing loss
  • Senter syndrome
  • Severe motor and intellectual disabilities, sensorineural deafness, dystonia syndrome
  • Sinoatrial node dysfunction and deafness
  • Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia MacDermot type
  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
  • Thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anemia
  • Thong Douglas Ferrante syndrome
  • Tungland Bellman syndrome
  • Unilateral neural hearing loss
  • Unilateral sensorineural hearing loss with unrestricted hearing on the contralateral side
  • Unilateral sensory hearing loss
  • X-linked sensorineural hearing loss

Clinical Information

  • HEARING LOSS SENSORINEURAL-. hearing loss resulting from damage to the cochlea and the sensorineural elements which lie internally beyond the oval and round windows. these elements include the auditory nerve and its connections in the brainstem.

Diagnostic Related Groups

The ICD-10 code H90.5 is grouped in the following groups for version MS-DRG V37.0 What are Diagnostic Related Groups?
The Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) are a patient classification scheme which provides a means of relating the type of patients a hospital treats. The DRGs divides all possible principal diagnoses into mutually exclusive principal diagnosis areas referred to as Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC).
applicable from 10/01/2019 through 09/30/2020.


Convert H90.5 to ICD-9

  • 389.10 - Sensorneur hear loss NOS (Approximate Flag)
  • 389.14 - Central hearing loss (Approximate Flag)
  • 389.16 - Sensoneur hear loss asym (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Other disorders of ear (H90-H94)
      • Conductive and sensorineural hearing loss (H90)

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

Information for Patients

Hearing Disorders and Deafness

It's frustrating to be unable to hear well enough to enjoy talking with friends or family. Hearing disorders make it hard, but not impossible, to hear. They can often be helped. Deafness can keep you from hearing sound at all.

What causes hearing loss? Some possibilities are

  • Heredity
  • Diseases such as ear infections and meningitis
  • Trauma
  • Certain medicines
  • Long-term exposure to loud noise
  • Aging

There are two main types of hearing loss. One happens when your inner ear or auditory nerve is damaged. This type is usually permanent. The other kind happens when sound waves cannot reach your inner ear. Earwax build-up, fluid, or a punctured eardrum can cause it. Treatment or surgery can often reverse this kind of hearing loss.

Untreated, hearing problems can get worse. If you have trouble hearing, you can get help. Possible treatments include hearing aids, cochlear implants, special training, certain medicines, and surgery.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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Nonsyndromic hearing loss Nonsyndromic hearing loss is a partial or total loss of hearing that is not associated with other signs and symptoms. In contrast, syndromic hearing loss occurs with signs and symptoms affecting other parts of the body.Nonsyndromic hearing loss can be classified in several different ways. One common way is by the condition's pattern of inheritance: autosomal dominant (DFNA), autosomal recessive (DFNB), X-linked (DFNX), or mitochondrial (which does not have a special designation). Each of these types of hearing loss includes multiple subtypes. DFNA, DFNB, and DFNX subtypes are numbered in the order in which they were first described. For example, DFNA1 was the first type of autosomal dominant nonsyndromic hearing loss to be identified.The characteristics of nonsyndromic hearing loss vary among the different types. Hearing loss can affect one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). Degrees of hearing loss range from mild (difficulty understanding soft speech) to profound (inability to hear even very loud noises). The term "deafness" is often used to describe severe-to-profound hearing loss. Hearing loss can be stable, or it may be progressive, becoming more severe as a person gets older. Particular types of nonsyndromic hearing loss show distinctive patterns of hearing loss. For example, the loss may be more pronounced at high, middle, or low tones.Most forms of nonsyndromic hearing loss are described as sensorineural, which means they are associated with a permanent loss of hearing caused by damage to structures in the inner ear. The inner ear processes sound and sends the information to the brain in the form of electrical nerve impulses. Less commonly, nonsyndromic hearing loss is described as conductive, meaning it results from changes in the middle ear. The middle ear contains three tiny bones that help transfer sound from the eardrum to the inner ear. Some forms of nonsyndromic hearing loss, particularly a type called DFNX2, involve changes in both the inner ear and the middle ear. This combination is called mixed hearing loss.Depending on the type, nonsyndromic hearing loss can become apparent at any time from infancy to old age. Hearing loss that is present before a child learns to speak is classified as prelingual or congenital. Hearing loss that occurs after the development of speech is classified as postlingual.
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