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UPDATE: Finally! Announcing the New, Official ICD-10-CM Pulsatile Tinnitus Diagnosis Codes!

Many of you signed our petition for a formal pulsatile tinnitus diagnosis code.  Well, our community has been heard!  

H93.A1 Pulsatile tinnitus, right ear

H93.A2 Pulsatile tinnitus, left ear

H93.A3 Pulsatile tinnitus, bilateral

H93.A9 Pulsatile tinnitus,unspecified ear 

These codes go in effect October 1, 2016.  

This is TRULY a fantastic development.  So many of us have been assigned a "tinnitus" diagnosis code, when what we experience is not tinnitus at all.  Pulsatile tinnitus is not tinnitus.  This is an important, validating change, and, in some cases, it will be a life-saving change to the way our cases are documented. With a distinguishable code, more medical professionals will research OUR symptom, recognize the complexities unique to OUR cases, and know better than to tell us to "live with it" before ordering a thorough and appropriate medical evaluation. 

For those keeping track, the codes are within Chapter 8 - Diseases of the ear and mastoid process.  We know that the underlying causes of pulsatile tinnitus go beyond diseases of the ear, and, in fact, most causes do not have anything to do with the ear.  However, I still think this is a positive development that will go to great strides to distinguish our cases from regular tinnitus cases, resulting in quicker and more appropriate evaluation. 

Hooray for Whooshers everywhere!  Make sure your doctors are aware of the new PULSATILE TINNITUS DIAGNOSIS CODES! 


Today, there is a single diagnosis code for sufferers of regular tinnitus and pulsatile tinnitus.  The symptoms are very differerent.  Pulsatile tinnitus is much more rare - and potentially more dangerous - than its counterpart.  The distinctions are not subtle.  Whooshers are petitioning the following organizations for a unique diagnosis code for pulsatile tinnitus, so that our symptom may be addressed more appropriately and urgently by medical communities everywhere.  Click the red button below and join us!

  • World Health Organization
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • The National Center for Health Statistics
  • American Health Information Management Association
  • The American Hospital Association