The Futures Club has begun working on new advances in dealing with hearing loss, particularly related to the new class of inexpensive over-the-counter hearing aids expected to be in the market next year.

The Futures Club has been asked by UCSF to help them find volunteers to participate in a new study they are conducting based on how people living together deal with hearing loss. The study is led by Dr. Meg Wallhagen, who has spoken here in Oakmont, and is the current chair of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

From Dr. Wallhagen:
Our experience is that primary care and other practitioners don’t ask about or attend to hearing loss. For persons with chronic conditions that usually require frequent visits, but also involve conversations that can focus on treatment or other decisions, not being able to hear very well can be a barrier to assuring that one’s desires about health care are met and understood.

My small study is designed to learn more about the issues people and their partners may experience. The persons I am hoping to talk to do NOT have to have diagnosed hearing loss or be wearing hearing aids. They just need to feel that they don’t hear well and that it’s an issue when they speak with practitioners. I’m specifically looking for persons 60 and older with partners since managing any significant chronic condition generally involves family. However, persons who might be interested can have a close relationship with persons other than a spouse or partner. I just would like them to be living together or to speak very frequently.

The study involves one interview by zoom and then a follow-up brief interview at 3 months if the participants is willing to do this. It’s all on-line and participants can share as much or as little as they wish. They do get a $25 gift card (both partners), I provide some education about hearing loss after the first interview, and I send them a pocket talker/personal amplifier after the first interview. The 3-month interview is just to check on the usefulness of the pocket talker and the brochure I use to provide some information about hearing loss.

Here’s a link to a brochure with a little more information:

And if you’re interested in helping with the Futures Club on over-the-counter hearing aids, email us at


Sparkling Bubbles at Tasting Events Club on December 16th

Sparkling Bubbles at Tasting Events Club on December 16th.
Want to taste and compare a $110 per glass, 19-year-old exclusive Champagne with $20 to $50 Sparkling wines from around the world and Champagnes? You can at the next Tasting Events Club Event on Dec. 16th at 6pm at our Oakmont’s East Rec Center.

Unique JoRene Woodworth

In addition to Oakmont classes, JoRene leads four other classes, is certified for instructing people challenged by balance and movement, by Parkinson disease. She says she’s inspired by students and has become certified in leading exercise classes designed for senior adults.