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Other specified hearing loss Save

ICD-10 code: H91.8

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Other Specified Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, aging, exposure to loud noises, and certain medical conditions. One type of hearing loss is known as Other Specified Hearing Loss (OSHL).

OSHL is a type of hearing loss that cannot be classified as either conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. Instead, it is classified as a separate category. OSHL can be caused by a wide range of factors, including ear infections, head injuries, and exposure to certain chemicals or medications.

One of the key symptoms of OSHL is difficulty hearing speech, particularly in noisy environments. This can make it challenging to communicate with others, especially in social situations. Other symptoms of OSHL may include tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, and ear pain.

Diagnosis and Treatment of OSHL

If you suspect that you may have OSHL, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Your doctor will typically conduct a hearing test to determine the extent and severity of your hearing loss. They may also perform other tests, such as a tympanometry test, to check the health of your middle ear.

There are several treatment options available for OSHL, depending on the underlying cause of the condition. If the hearing loss is caused by a medical condition, such as an ear infection or head injury, treating the underlying condition may help to improve hearing. In some cases, hearing aids or cochlear implants may be recommended to help improve hearing.

Preventing OSHL

There are several steps that you can take to help prevent OSHL. One of the most important is to protect your ears from loud noises. This can include wearing earplugs or earmuffs when you are exposed to loud noises, such as at concerts or when using power tools. You should also avoid listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time.

  1. Wear earplugs or earmuffs when exposed to loud noises
  2. Avoid listening to music at high volumes for long periods of time
  3. Get regular hearing tests, especially if you work in a noisy environment
  4. Treat ear infections and other medical conditions promptly
  5. Avoid using cotton swabs or other objects to clean your ears, as this can damage the ear canal and lead to hearing loss

If you are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. With the right diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to manage and improve the symptoms of OSHL

Diagnosis Codes for Other specified hearing loss | H91.8

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