Demographics and Statistics

FTRI Client Information

New Clients FY 2014/2015 FY 2013/2014 From Inception
Totals 13,408 13,671 526,311
Hard of Hearing 13,148 13,395  507,453
Deaf 57 61 13,291
Speech Impaired 85 104 4,146
Dual Sensory 118 111 1,421
New Equipment FY 2014/2015 FY 2013/2014 From Inception
Totals 25,564 27,606 1,011,727
VCPH 24,244 25,887 753,132
ARS 297 454 175,925
VRS 359 446 33,413
TTY 44 61 20,162
Others 620 758 29,095

Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Client Information

FTRI served 13,408 new clients in fiscal year 2014/2015. Clients certified as eligible for the FTRI program are classified into four distinct groups:

Group New Clients
Total 13,408
Deaf 57
Hard of Hearing 13,148
Speech Impaired 85
Dual Sensory Impaired 118

The FY 2014/2015 the breakdown of new recipients by age group is as follows:

Age Group Recipients
Total 13,408
4 - 9 11
10 - 19 19
20 - 29 39
30 - 39 81
40 - 49 236
50 - 59 745
60 - 69 2,194
70 - 79 3,973
80 - 89 4,619
90 - 99 1,451
100 - 109

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More people in the 80 to 89 age group received equipment than those of any other specific age group. Approximately seventy-six percent of all recipients served in fiscal year 2014/2015 were seventy years of age or older. 

New Client Certification

Professionals involved with the certification of FTRI client applications for the equipment distribution program were as follows:

Category of
Certifier
Quantity of
Approved Applications
Total 13,408
Deaf Service Center Director 7,615
Audiologist 3,301
Hearing Aid Specialist 2,043
Licensed Physician 355
State Certified Teacher 2
State Agency 1
Speech Pathologist 86
Federal Agency 5

Statewide Demograhpics By County

Individuals with Hearing Loss by County

County US Census Bureau
2013 Estimates
(www.census.org)
Percent (16%) of
Population with
Hearing Loss
(FCCDHH 2011 Report)
Florida 19,552,860 3,128,425
Alachua 253,451 40,552
Baker 27,013 4,322
Bay 174,987 27,997
Bradford 26,850 4,296
Brevard 550,823 88,131
Broward 1,838,844 294,215
Calhoun 14,682 2,349
Charlotte 164,736 26,357
Citrus 139,271 22,283
Clay 196,399 31,423
Collier 339,642 54,342
Columbia 67,543 10,806
Dade 2,617,176 418,748
Desoto 34,517 5,522
Dixie 15,940 2,550
Duval 885,855 141,736
Escambia 305,817 48,930
Flagler 99,956 15,992
Franklin 11,598 1,855
Gadsden 46,194 7,391
Gilchrist 16,931 2,708
Glades 13,345 2,135
Gulf 15,829 2,532
Hamilton 14,354 2,296
Hardee 27,519 4,403
Hendry 37,471 5,995
Hernando 174,441 27,910
Highlands 97,616 15,618
Hillsborough 1,291,578 206,652
Holmes 19,717 3,154
Indian River 141,994 22,719
Jackson 48,922 7,827
Jefferson 14,194 2,271
Lafayette 8,848 1,415
Lake 308,034 49,285
Lee 661,115 105,778
Leon 281,845 45,095
Levy 39,644 6,343
Liberty 8,349 1,335
Madison 18,728 2,996
Manatee 342,106 54,736
Marion 337,362 53,977
Martin 151,263 24,202
Monroe 76,351 12,216
Nassau 75,710 12,113
Okaloosa 193,811 31,009
Okeechobee 39,330 6,292
Orange 1,225,267 196,042
Osceola 298,504 47,760
Palm Beach 1,372,171 219,547
Pasco 475,502 76,080
Pinellas 929,048 148,647
Polk 623,009 99,681
Putnam 72,577 11,612
Santa Rosa 161,096 25,775
Sarasota 390,429 62,468
Seminole 436,041 69,766
St Johns 209,647 33,543
St Lucie 286,832 45,893
Sumter 107,056 17,128
Suwannee 43,734 6,997
Taylor 22,857 3,657
Union 15,136 2,421
Volusia 500,800 80,128
Wakulla 31,022 4,963
Walton 59,807 9,569
Washington 24,624 3,939

Definitions:

  1. Hearing Loss - this term covers all individuals having various hearing losses, ranging from mild to profound - including those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  2. State and County Population estimates on December 1, 2011 were provided by the Census 2010 Data for the State of Florida, Public Information Office, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C. 20233., Website: www.census.gov.  
  3. Percentage of Floridians with hearing loss provided from FCCDHH 2011 Report to the Governor.  Website: http://www.fccdhh.org/system/js/back/ckfinder/userfiles/files/FCCDHH_2011Report_Final2.pdf