Demographics and Statistics

20.3 percent of individuals in Rhode Island with hearing loss in at least one ear.Estimated Population of People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Rhode Island*:

213,671 people who have hearing loss in at least one ear in Rhode Island.

*20.3% is according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers and published in the Nov. 14, 2011, Archives of Internal Medicine, Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D, an assistant professor with dual appointments in both the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Niparko, M.D. of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D, of the National Institute of Aging.