ICD-10 Diagnosis Code H92.09

Otalgia, unspecified ear

Diagnosis Code H92.09

ICD-10: H92.09
Short Description: Otalgia, unspecified ear
Long Description: Otalgia, unspecified ear
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code H92.09

Valid for Submission
The code H92.09 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the ear and mastoid process (H60–H95)
    • Other disorders of ear (H90-H94)
      • Otalgia and effusion of ear (H92)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code H92.09 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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  • Earache symptom
  • Finding of ear sensations
  • Finding of sensation of ear canal
  • Finding of sensation of mastoid
  • Finding of sensation of pinna
  • Finding of sensation of pinna
  • Finding of sensation of pinna
  • Focal tenderness in pinna
  • Generalized tenderness in pinna
  • On examination - ear auricle painful
  • On examination - pain over mastoid
  • On examination - painful ear
  • Otalgia
  • Otogenic otalgia
  • Pain of ear structure
  • Pain on movement of pinna
  • Pinna tender
  • Pinna tender
  • Posterior auricular pain
  • Referred otalgia
  • Referred pain
  • Tender mastoid
  • Tenderness in ear canal
  • Tenderness in ear canal on distracting pinna
  • Tenderness of ear structure
  • Unilateral earache

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)



Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen, chest, or pelvis. Or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.

Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, you might seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once you take care of the problem, pain usually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat pain. Treatment varies depending on the cause of pain. Pain relievers, acupuncture, and sometimes surgery are helpful.

  • Aches and pains during pregnancy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neuralgia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Palliative care - managing pain (Medical Encyclopedia)

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