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Central Kentucky Computer Society
News and Upcoming Events

Streaming Live

Tech Night and several SIG meetings are streamed live on NestCam beginning a few minutes prior to meeting start time. Click the title above to receive the program on your computer screen.

CKCS Tech Night - Monday - February 11 at 7 pm

The Future is Now - Hearing Aid Technology

Presented by Tony Sammons, Hearing Care Practitioner

Beltone Hearing Centers of Lexington

The February Tech Night features an exploration of modern hearing aid technology and the incredible advances in digital sound processing for the hearing impaired. There are a vast number of hear aid companies in town, and Beltone has agreed to give a presentation of this technology to the Center Kentucky Computer Society.

Founded in 1940, Beltone Hearing is one of the first technology companies focused on treating hearing loss. Since its inception, Beltone has been a leader in the research and design of hearing-aid technology. Beltone Hearing Care Practitioner Tony Sammons will explain the various features in current hearing-aid technology that is closer to returning a person's natural hearing than ever before.

Among the current state-of-the-art, modern hearing devices offer gain across the widest bandwidth of frequencies ever, restoring a more natural sound quality to the wearer. Advanced features include "impulse noise reduction" with circuitry that is so fast it can quiet loud, unpleasant noises - such as a waiter dropping a tray of dishes - to a comfortable level instantaneously. Another feature is the advance in "background noise suppression," so when the wearer walks into a noisy restaurant or family gathering, the often, overwhelming din of surrounding noise is digitally reduced automatically.

Modern hearing-aid technology is also GPS and Bluetooth compatible. A misplaced hearing aid can be located with your iPhone. Telephone calls can be streamed directly through the hearing aids. Tony will discuss these amazing developments in technology and more.

Hearing loss will affect the majority of people at some point in their life. Hearing loss is a more serious health issue than the mere inconvenience associated with a loss of clarity than most people realize. Hearing-aid technology has advanced to the point that it is closer to restoring natural hearing than ever before.

Whether you think you might need a hearing aids in the future or someone you know needs one your spouse, come learn about the new advances in this technology. Please feel free to invite someone to attend with you.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

To all CKCS Members and Friends:

We appreciate your participation in the Kroger Community Rewards program. The donations from Kroger have enabled several improvements in our organization without dues increases.

If you are not participating in Community Rewards, you can sign up to have Kroger donate a portion of every purchase you make to CKCS.

Steps to create your Kroger account:

  1. Go to the Kroger website at
  2. Put the mouse on Savings and Rewards to see the options
  3. Click on Kroger Community Rewards
  4. Scroll down until you see "I'm a Customer"
  5. Click on "View Details" to go to the Sign In screen
  6. Next, click on Create an Account
  7. Fill in the requested information (see note 1 and 2 below)
  8. Near the bottom of the screen click on Create Account

Note 1: You can go to most any email service website and create a new email address just for your Kroger account. Kroger will send you emails frequently and will offer the opportunity for receiving a lot of emails with coupons, etc.

Note 2: Not your email password, but create a new password just for Kroger.

You can do this anytime during the year, but right now is best for CKCS.

New CKCS members and non-members can participate in this program. Shortly after you enroll, you will see a message on your Kroger purchase receipts, indicating that Kroger has made a donation to CKCS for you. The size of the gift is proportional to the amount of your purchase.

Thank you for participating in Kroger Community Rewards and helping CKCS!

Disk Erasing Service

CKCS is now offering a service to erase your older disk drive so you can feel confident that no personal information is left on it before you give it away or dispose of it.

Bring your computer or just the disk drive to CKCS to get it erased and returned to you or donated to charity. Erasing is usually done on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings between 10 AM and 1 PM or at the Dr Fixit Special Interest Group which usually meets on the first Saturday of every month between 10 AM and noon. There is no charge but a small donation would be appreciated.

For more information click here.

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