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RTC:Rural, University of Montana

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Demography, Population, and Ecology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology


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 border, central Alaska, northern Maine, northern Michigan, and northern Idaho. Rates seem to be lower (0.8-6.8%) in southern California, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic Coast. Rates of hearing difficulty seem to be fairly variable across the rest of America.

This map is part of the Disability in America Map Series.

The information used to create this map came from the American Community Survey. To browse the data these maps were created with, use our Disability Counts Data Finder tool.


disability rate, Disability in America, map series, map, disability counts, disability, geography, hearing impairment, hearing difficulty


© 2017 RTC: Rural

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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research


Our research is supported by grant # 90RTC50250100 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research within the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents and opinions expressed reflect those of the author(s), are not necessarily those of the funding agency, and should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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