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.A9 Pulsatile tinnitus,unspecified
These codes go in effect October 1, 2016.
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.
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.
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!