Survey time period
1997 and 2011
Object of investigation
Hearing limitations among adults
25 years and older
US Department of Health and Human Services
adults, age, age group, deafs, ears, education, health, health care, health service, health state, health system, hearing, hearing problems, impairment, limitation, listen, men, training, United States, USA, woman, women
Prior to 2007 data, respondents were asked, "Which statement best describes your hearing without a hearing aid: good, a little trouble, a lot of trouble, or deaf?" In this analysis, a lot of trouble and deaf are combined into one category. Starting with 2007 data, the question was revised to expand the response categories. Respondents were asked, "Which statement best describes your hearing without a hearing aid: excellent, good, a little trouble, moderate trouble, a lot of trouble, or deaf?" For 2007 and beyond, a lot of trouble and deaf are combined into one category. The decline from 2006 to 2007 in the estimate of those with hearing trouble is likely due to the addition of the "moderate trouble" response category. Data prior to 2007 are not comparable with 2007 and later data due to the revised question. In 2006, 0.3% of adults 18 years of age and over identified themselves as deaf; in 2007, 2008, and 2009, this estimate was 0.2%.
Estimates are for persons 25 years of age and over and are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 25-44 years, 45-54 years, 55-64 years, 65-74 years, and 75 years and over.
* GED is General Educational Development high school equivalency diploma.