Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
21.8 percent (2015-16) *

24.4 percent  *

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

21.8 percent of adults aged 20 to 69 years had a hearing examination within the past 5 years in 2015-16  *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Increase the proportion of adults who have had a hearing examination within the past 5 years

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


A person’s hearing ability affects their educational and job opportunities, relationships, mental health, and more. While hearing loss is common, many people don’t know they have it. Hearing exams can help find hearing loss early, when it may be easier to treat. Increasing access to hearing exams — by making them more affordable and offering them through telehealth, retail clinics, and community health organizations — can help more people get their hearing checked.