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Table 2 Number of sick-leave spells due to specific diagnoses within each of the four diagnostic categories used in the analyses

From: Sickness absence due to otoaudiological diagnoses; a descriptive nationwide study


Sick-leave diagnoses (ICD-10)

Number of sick-leave spellsa(%)



1358 (100)


H60 Otitis externa

128 (9.43)


H61 Other disorders of external ear

29 (2.14)


H65 Nonsuppurative otitis media

101 (7.44)


H66 Suppurative and unspecified otitis media

493 (36.30)


H70 Mastoiditis and related conditions

10 (0.74)


H71 Cholesteatoma of middle ear

137 (10.09)


H72 Perforation of tympanic membrane

109 (8.03)


H74 Other disorders of middle ear and mastoid

43 (3.17)


H80 Otosclerosis

252 (18.56)


H92 Otalgia and effusion of ear classified elsewhere

16 (1.18)


H95 Postprocedural disorders of ear and mastoid process, not elsewhere classified

16 (1.18)

Less than 10 sick-leave spells in 2005, summed

H62 Disorders of external ear in diseases classified elsewhere; H67 Otitis media in diseases classified elsewhere; H68 Eustachian salpingitis and obstruction; H69 Other disorders of eustachian tube; H73 Other disorders of tympanic membrane; H75 Other disorders of middle ear and mastoid in diseases classified elsewhere; H94 Other disorders of ear in diseases

24 (17.67)



1078 (100)


H83 Other diseases of inner ear

37 (3.43)


H90 Conductive and sensorineural hearing loss

609 (56.49)


H91 Other hearing loss

432 (40.07)



1532 (100)


H81 Disorders of vestibular function

1516 (98.96)


H82 Vertiginous syndromes in diseases classified elsewhere

16 (1.04)


H93 Other disorders of ear, not elsewhere classified (including tinnitus and other abnormal auditory perceptions)

1031 (100)

  1. a Total number of spells due to otoaudiological diagnoses: 4999.