Demographics of Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH)

The most recent estimate of the number of deaf and hard of hearing persons in the United States and related demographics is based on the 2011 American Community Survey(ACS). According to the ACS data, about 3.6 percent of the U.S. population, or about 11 million individuals, consider themselves deaf or have serious difficulty hearing. This section provides information about the relative size of the D/HH population. In addition, the age distribution, gender make up, and ethnic proportions are also included.  Finally, the education attainments  of the D/HH population are compared with the hearing population.