QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Any Hearing Loss,* by State — National Health Interview Survey,† 2014–2016
Weekly / December 22, 2017 / 66(50);1389
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* Based on a survey question that asked respondents, “Without the use of hearing aids or other listening devices, is your hearing excellent, good, have a little trouble hearing, moderate trouble, a lot of trouble, or are you deaf?” “A little trouble hearing,” “moderate trouble,” “a lot of trouble,” and “deaf” were combined for this chart.
† Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. adult population and are shown for sample adults aged ≥18 years.
Overall, 15.9% of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years had any hearing loss during 2014–2016. The prevalence of any hearing loss was lowest in New Jersey (10.6%), Connecticut (11.0%), Maryland (11.0%), California (12.3%), New York (12.6%), and the District of Columbia (8.6%). The prevalence of any hearing loss was highest in West Virginia (24.7%), Oregon (24.6%), Montana (23.8%), Idaho (23.1%), and Wyoming (22.3%).
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2014-2016. Survey data available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/data-questionnaires-documentation.htm. Tabular results available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/health_policy/hearing_loss_table_SEs.pdfpdf icon.
Reported by: Debra L. Blackwell, PhD, DBlackwell@cdc.gov, 301-458-4103; Tina Norris, PhD.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Any Hearing Loss, by State — National Health Interview Survey,2014–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:1389. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6650a7external icon.
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