Your Hearing and Brain Health with Dr. Carrie Raz
“How you hear is with your brain. The ear is just a tool to get the information to your brain. And what happens over time is hearing loss, as it goes down, that processing is affected. So essentially your brain, once you can’t hear, will rewire itself to find information in other methods. I like to tell my patients that generally speaking, it’s kind of like, they’re always playing Wheel of Fortune. They’re missing bits and pieces. Sometimes they get the puzzle quickly and easily. Other times they’re trying to rely on other things like context clues. So that’s kind of the connection between hearing and cognitive issues. Because if you can’t hear it, you’re going to find other methods to piece it together. And the worse the hearing loss gets, the harder it is for your brain to piece it together.” -Carrie Raz
Dr. Carrie Raz, a Houston-based audiologist, joins Kim Hegwood to discuss the risk of untreated hearing loss, the connection between hearing loss and dementia, why hearing aids are so expensive, why Medicare does not pay for hearing aids, the difference between over-the-counter hearing aids versus those provided by an audiologist, and whether it matters where you get hearing loss treatment from.