Proportion of Hearing and D/HH persons by ethnic affiliation: 2011

Source: 2011 American Community Survey public use data sample. Data analysis conducted using DataFerrett.

Comments: Estimates from the American Community Survey indicate that there are significantly fewer Blacks or African Americans who are D/HH than would be expected from the distribution of the general population. Abouit 8 percent of the D/HH population are Black or African American, compared to almost 13 percent of the hearing population. Similar differences have been found in repeated studies. Schein (1974) concludes that "most probably the white-nonwhite differences in rates for hearing impairment and deafness are the resultant of several factors -- underenumeration, genetics, and socioeconomic conditions".