Frequently asked questions

How many deaf and hard of hearing people are there in Texas?

No census of deaf and hard of hearing persons has ever been carried out in the State of Texas primarily due to the cost of such a monumental effort. The "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2005", U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics found: "Overall, 17% of adults 18 years of age and over experienced some hearing difficulty without a hearing aid (defined as 'a little trouble,' 'a lot of trouble,' or 'deaf'). Men were more likely to have experienced hearing trouble than were women."

Again, based on figures from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey and 2005 U.S. Census Bureau population figures for Texas, indicate DHHS's total service population in 2005 was estimated to be more than 3.8 million people. (From DARS Website)