This map explores the 2010-2014 ACS 5-year (table S1810) disability estimates by county type (OMB county classifications). For hearing difficulty the ACS asks if a respondent is deaf or has serious difficulty hearing. If they answer “yes” they are classified as having a hearing difficulty. This data is for all ages.
Map 5. Rate of hearing difficulty in America by county. This map of the United States shows rates of hearing difficulty by county. Rates of hearing difficulty appear highest in western New Mexico, western Texas, along Kentucky-West Virginia border, Alaska, Maine, and areas of Oregon and Idaho. Hearing difficulty rates are lower in southern California, parts of Utah and Colorado, and fairly variable across the rest of America.
This work is part of the Geography of Disability Project.