QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Any Hearing Loss,* by State — National Health Interview Survey,2014–2016

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The figure above is a map showing that 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%).

* 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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