Why Did CDC Disability Report Exclude Hearing Loss?
by Katherine Bouton
Posted on 08/11/2015
Hearing loss is often referred to as a hidden disability, but one place it shouldn’t be invisible is in a government report on disability.
That’s what happened last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on the prevalence of disability in the United States.
The report found that more than 53 million Americans — about 1 in 5 adults — live with a disability, which the CDC defined as having limited mobility, such as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs, as well as disabilities in thinking and/or memory, independent living, vision and self-care.