2021 ICD-10-CM Code H92

Otalgia and effusion of ear

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

H92 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of otalgia and effusion of ear. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

ICD-10:H92
Short Description:Otalgia and effusion of ear
Long Description:Otalgia and effusion of ear

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Otalgia and effusion of ear

Non-specific codes like H92 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for otalgia and effusion of ear:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H92.0 for Otalgia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.01 for Otalgia, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.02 for Otalgia, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.03 for Otalgia, bilateral
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.09 for Otalgia, unspecified ear
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H92.1 for Otorrhea
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.10 for Otorrhea, unspecified ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.11 for Otorrhea, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.12 for Otorrhea, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.13 for Otorrhea, bilateral
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - H92.2 for Otorrhagia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.20 for Otorrhagia, unspecified ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.21 for Otorrhagia, right ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.22 for Otorrhagia, left ear
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use H92.23 for Otorrhagia, bilateral

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:

Some ear disorders can result in hearing disorders and deafness.


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Code History

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