ICD-10-CM Code R44.0

Auditory hallucinations

Version 2021 Billable Code No Valid Principal Dx

Valid for Submission

R44.0 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of auditory hallucinations. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code R44.0 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like auditory hallucinations, command hallucination, dissociative auditory hallucinations, dissociative hallucinations, hallucinations of music, hallucinations of simple sounds, etc

According to ICD-10-CM guidelines this code should not to be used as a principal diagnosis code when a related definitive diagnosis has been established.

Short Description:Auditory hallucinations
Long Description:Auditory hallucinations

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 R44.0 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:

  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Command hallucination
  • Dissociative auditory hallucinations
  • Dissociative hallucinations
  • Hallucinations of music
  • Hallucinations of simple sounds
  • Hears mocking voices
  • Hears voices laughing at self
  • Non-verbal auditory hallucinations
  • Second person verbal auditory hallucinations
  • Third person verbal auditory hallucinations
  • Thought echo
  • Verbal auditory hallucinations

Clinical Information

  • HALLUCINATIONS-. subjectively experienced sensations in the absence of an appropriate stimulus but which are regarded by the individual as real. they may be of organic origin or associated with mental disorders.

Convert R44.0 to ICD-9

  • 780.1 - Hallucinations (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified (R00–R99)
    • Symptoms and signs involving cognition, perception, emotional state and behavior (R40-R46)
      • Oth symptoms and signs w general sensations and perceptions (R44)

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

Psychotic Disorders

Also called: Psychoses

Psychotic disorders are severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. People with psychoses lose touch with reality. Two of the main symptoms are delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that someone is plotting against you or that the TV is sending you secret messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that is not there.

Schizophrenia is one type of psychotic disorder. People with bipolar disorder may also have psychotic symptoms. Other problems that can cause psychosis include alcohol and some drugs, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke.

Treatment depends on the cause of the psychosis. It might involve drugs to control symptoms and talk therapy. Hospitalization is an option for serious cases where a person might be dangerous to himself or others.

  • Brief psychotic disorder (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hallucinations (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Major depression with psychotic features (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Mental status testing (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Psychosis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Schizoaffective disorder (Medical Encyclopedia)

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