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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Had A Lot of Trouble Hearing or Who Were Deaf,* by Race/Ethnicity --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2004--2008§

The figure shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who had a lot of trouble hearing or who were deaf, by race/ethnicity in the United States from 2004-2008. During 2004-2008, 2.8% of adults aged ≥18 years had a lot of trouble hearing or were deaf. American Indians/Alaska Natives (5.5%) were more likely than whites (3.2%) and more than twice as likely as Hispanics (1.9%), Asians (1.5%), and blacks (1.2%) to have a lot of trouble hearing or to be deaf.

* Respondents were asked, "Without the use of hearing aids or other listening devices, is your hearing excellent, good, a little trouble hearing, moderate trouble, a lot of trouble, or are you deaf?" "A lot of trouble" and "deaf" were combined into one category. Unknowns were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages.

Race refers only to persons who indicated a single race group. The four racial groups only include persons who are non-Hispanic. Hispanics might be of any race.

§ Estimates were age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 18--24 years, 25--44 years, 45--64 years, and ≥65 years. Estimates were based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population.

95% confidence interval.

** Includes other races not shown separately and multiple race.

†† American Indian/Alaska Native.

During 2004--2008, 2.8% of adults aged ≥18 years had a lot of trouble hearing or were deaf. American Indians/Alaska Natives (5.5%) were more likely than whites (3.2%) and more than twice as likely as Hispanics (1.9%), Asians (1.5%), and blacks (1.2%) to have a lot of trouble hearing or to be deaf.

Source: Barnes PM, Adams PF, Powell-Griner E. Health characteristics of the American Indian and Alaska Native adult population, United States, 2004--2008. Natl Health Stat Rep 2010(20).

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who had a lot of trouble hearing or who were deaf, by race/ethnicity in the United States from 2004-2008. During 2004-2008, 2.8% of adults aged ≥18 years had a lot of trouble hearing or were deaf. American Indians/Alaska Natives (5.5%) were more likely than whites (3.2%) and more than twice as likely as Hispanics (1.9%), Asians (1.5%), and blacks (1.2%) to have a lot of trouble hearing or to be deaf.



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