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December 9, 2021 - Meeting on Hearing Aids

Hand Out compiled by Randi Hulce:
Follow Up Information For Futures Club Meeting of 12/8/21
Topic & Discussion on OTC Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss Issues.

If you wish to reach any of our Panel Members:
Dan Auble <dan@goodhearing.com> mailto:dan@goodhearing.com Kenwood Hearing Center - Doctor of Audiology who has been serving patients in Sonoma & Marin Counties for 23 years.
Margaret Wallhagen, (Meg)  meg.wallhagen@ucsf.edu mailto:meg.wallhagen@ucsf.edu     Professor in the School of Nursing UCSF with a specialty in geriatrics and a long standing focus on the impact of hearing loss on older adults.
Christina Kemmer christinakemmer@gmail.com mailto:christinakemmer@gmail.com35 years of experience in community building, planning community outreach, envisioning opportunities here in Oakmont

Additional Resources And Articles You May Find Helpful:
SRJC Santa Rosa Junior College - DRD705 -  Coping Strategies for Hearing Loss .  This course provides education & support for individuals with hearing loss. The course focuses on topics such as: hearing technology, cochlear implants and hearing aids, community resources, and overcoming communication challenges.   Non-Credit course -  Meets on Zoom  2/9, 3/9, 4/13 & 5/11       6-8PMContact Rhandee Lipp for information at  rlipp@santarosa.edu mailto:rlipp@santarosa.edu

Will Medicare Be Paying For Hearing Aids?Medicare has never covered the cost of hearing aids-an omission that has long presented a barrier to older people who would gain from access to these life-altering devices. Nothing on the hearing aid side has been covered since the inception of Medicare in 1965.  But that could soon change. https://hub.jhu.edu/2021/11/15/medicare-hearing-aid-coverage-nicholas-reed/
FDA Proposal Has Apple Set To Offer Airpods As Hearing AidsWhen you think of Apple, you probably don't think of hearing aids, but thanks to one of the latest FDA (Food and Drug Administration) proposals, that could change in the coming year. The Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-studying-potential-of-airpods-as-health-device-11634122800 has already reported that Apple is considering getting into the hearing aid businesshttps://www.idropnews.com/news/fda-proposal-has-apple-set-to-offer-airpods-as-hearing-aids/173801/
New FDA Guidelines May Upend The Hearing Aid Market  In The U.S., Dropping Cost As Much As 90%.For those with mild to moderate hearing loss, the proposed FDA rule <https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/10/20/2021-22473/medical-devices-ear-nose-and-throat-devices-establishing-over-the-counter-hearing-aids>, published October 20, allows hearing aids to be sold directly to consumers without an exam or fitting by an audiologist.https://publichealth.jhu.edu/2021/the-hearing-aid-revolution-cheaper-and-easier-to-get
Ideas for Buying Hearing AidsIf you're shopping for hearing aids, some things to consider.  Four Ways To Spot and Avoid Hearing Aid Scams A Checklist before you buy.https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/ideas-buying-hearing-aids
"Big News about Hearing Aids"  - Consumer Reports Magazine - December 2021 Issue - page 48. An article on expert advice on what's available now and what to expect when over-the-counter hearing aids debut - possibly as soon as 2022.   

Welcome to the Oakmont Futures Club.  Our objective is to provide a forum where we can stay current with important trends that will impact our lives and communicate those trends to other Oakmont residents.

The future has always had surprises for those who attempt to anticipate it, but we must anticipate the nature of the future or risk being overwhelmed by the accelerating rate of change we have experienced in the more recent past.

In one sense the future is here: we are under some restrictions in Oakmont because of the Corona Virus Pandemic. Our regular meetings at the East Recreation Center cannot be held, but there is still a need for information relevant to our current situation. To meet this need we are now streaming presentations at 4PM on Zoom every month. See the Oakmont News and the Oakmont E-Blast for details.

 
Click Here for links to short video explaining  the various technologies and uses:



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This site is under construction.  The Meeting Notes page  will include copies of recent presentations and handouts.

GENERAL FUTURES TOPICS: What are
future trends in such areas as population,
energy, digital technology, and entertainment?






MEDICINE: New medical advances
and their impact on society.


SMART DEVICES: New gadgets to enhance our lives.
TRANSPORTATION: Self-driving cars,
advanced supersonic flight, and more.

PRIVACY: How can we preserve our security
and privacy in a future surveilence society?

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A revolution
which will change all of our lives has just started
and will change everything.

VOICE, HEARING, AND MOBILITY: Sensory
and motor capacities weaken as we age but new developments can compensate and even enhance us.