Specific code 2014 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 388.2
Sudden hearing loss, unspecified
  • Billable Code
  • Short description: Sudden hearing loss NOS.
  • ICD-9-CM 388.2 will be replaced by an equivalent ICD-10-CM code (or codes) when the United States transitions from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2015.
  • ICD-9-CM 388.2 is a billable medical code that can be used to specify a diagnosis on a reimbursement claim.
Disease Synonyms
  • Bilat sudden hearing loss
  • Bilateral sudden hearing loss
  • Both sides sudden hearing loss
  • Hearing loss, sudden
  • Left sudden hearing loss
  • Right sudden hearing loss
  • Sudden hearing loss
Clinical Information
  • Sensorineural hearing loss which develops suddenly over a period of hours or a few days. It varies in severity from mild to total deafness. Sudden deafness can be due to head trauma, vascular diseases, infections, or can appear without obvious cause or warning.
Convert to ICD-10-CM: 388.2 converts approximately to:
  • 2014 ICD-10-CM H91.23 Sudden idiopathic hearing loss, bilateral
ICD-9-CM Volume 2 Index entries containing back-references to 388.2:
ICD-9-CM codes are used in medical billing and coding to describe diseases, injuries, symptoms and conditions. ICD-9-CM 388.2 is one of thousands of ICD-9-CM codes used in healthcare. Although ICD-9-CM and CPT codes are largely numeric, they differ in that CPT codes describe medical procedures and services. Can't find a code? Start at the root of ICD-9-CM, check the 2014 ICD-9-CM Index or use the search engine at the top of this page to lookup any code.