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Per 1,000 Persons with Hearing Loss [*]
Adults 20–69
2010 Target = 182.5
Adults 70+
2010 Target = 280.7
2001 165.9 255.2
2002 95.8 257.7
2003 180.9 252.1
2004 163.0 260.6
2005 167.0 280.8
2006 162.7 259.4
2007 NA 289.1

NA: Not Available

* Number of persons with hearing loss is calculated based on NHANES hearing exam estimates of the number of people with a pure-tone average (PTA) of thresholds at frequencies of 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 Hertz greater than or equal to 35 decibels (dB) hearing level (HL) in either one or both ears.

The 2010 target lines represent the goals recommended by the Hearing Health group, which were discussed and approved by the Federal Interagency Working Group for Healthy People 2010.

Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and National Health Interview Survey, NCHS, CDC. Chart created by the Health Promotion Statistics Branch, NCHS, CDC and the Epidemiology and Statistics Program, NIDCD, NIH. Posted in November 2012.

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