Rates of Hearing Difficulty – Disability in America Map Series

These maps explore the American Community Survey 5-year data (Table S1810) on disability estimates by county. 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.

Rate of Hearing Difficulty in America, by county (2015)

This is a map of the United States which depicts rates of hearing difficulty by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

Map of people reporting hearing difficulty in the United States. Click on the image to view a full size, shareable version of the map.

This map of the United States shows rates of hearing difficulty by county. Rates are broken down into five categories ranging from 0.8% to 16.2%. Rates of hearing difficulty appear to be higher (6.81-16.2%) in Oregon, southern Nevada, parts of New Mexico and southern Colorado, the Kentucky-West Virginia boarder, central Alaska, northern Maine, northern Michigan, and northern Idaho. Rates seem to be lower (0.8-6.8%) in southern California, the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Coast, and fairly variable across the rest of America.

Map produced July 2017 based on 2011-2015 American Community Survey data.

Rate of Hearing Difficulty in America, by county (2014)

This is a map of the United States which depicts rates of hearing difficulty by county. A text description of this map is included in the webpage content.

Map of people reporting hearing difficulty in the United States. Click on the image to view a full size, shareable version of the map.

This map of the United States shows rates of hearing difficulty by county. Rates are broken into five categories ranging from 1.03% to 16.64%. Rates of hearing difficulty appear highest (6.33-16.64%) in western New Mexico, western Texas, along Kentucky-West Virginia border, Alaska, Maine, and areas of Oregon and Idaho. Hearing difficulty rates are lower (1.03-6.32%) in southern California, parts of Utah and Colorado, and fairly variable across the rest of America.

Map produced July 2016 based on 2010-2014 American Community Survey data.

This work is part of the RTC:Rural Geography of Disability Project.