Decorated military veteran & Episcopal priest shares his story

Above: Audibel hearing aid specialist Tony Carbone, HIS (right), greets patent and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gordon Reynolds during a recent follow-up visit. Find your nearest Audibel at FloridaHearing.com

From decades of indelible service in the U.S. Air Force to his tenure in the priesthood, local resident Gordon Reynolds has experienced more than most of us can possibly imagine.

During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he completed 26 missions over Germany as a B-24 navigator. After the war, he entered pilot training and served in the Korean War as a Lockhead F-94 Starfire aircraft commander, flying combat air-control missions along the 38th parallel. He later flew Strategic Air Command missions as the command pilot of B-47 bombers and serves as Alert Force Commander at Pease Air Force Base, NH.

At the conclusion of this 23 years of military service, Gordon retired as a decorated lieutenant colonel. In his multi-war-spanning career, he received two Distinguishing Flying Crosses for his acts of heroism and extraordinary achievement.

Despite these honorable awards, Gordon is reluctant to share stories about his military years. “This is very difficult for me because I don’t talk about my war experiences,” he shared, candidly. After retiring from the Air Force, Gordon went into seminary and became an Episcopal priest, his defining position through the subsequent decades.

Age-related hearing loss eventually caught up with Gordon, now 94, and his previous set of “subpar” hearing aids from an undisclosed company weren’t getting the job done. Fortunately, he read about Audibel in this very section and scheduled an appointment.

During his initial consultation and examination at Audibel, a friendly hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of Gordon’s ears, clearly explaining the results with a detailed audiogram. Gordon was then fitted with a pair of state-of-the-art wireless hearing aids, wearing them during a convenient 45-day trial period with weekly appointments so he could familiarize himself with the devices. According to Gordon, the difference in his hearing has been “night and day.”

“I didn’t realize that I’m profoundly deaf without them- with them, it’s like I don’t have hearing loss at all,” he said. Like Gordon, you can improve your overall quality of life through better hearing. All 27 convenient Audibel Hearing Centers throughout the Tampa Bay area offer a free hearing screening with no obligation, as well as a unique, no-risk 45-day trial on all hearing aids with a 100% refund if you’re unsatisfied with the results.

“The Audibel team is very knowledgeable, competent and careful, and they make excellent adjustments that help me hear even better than before, Gordon added.

Your journey to better hearing begins today: Call your nearest Audibel Hearing Aid Center to schedule your complimentary hearing screening. Visit FloridaHearing.com for more information.

High frequency hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss, making high-pitch sounds- from birds and doorbells to the voices of children and people on the phone- far more difficult to hear.

Hearing professionals define high-frequency hearing loss as decreased hearing acuity that occurs between 2,000-8,000 Hertz. Individuals with this form of hearing loss often struggle to hear certain consonants (such as h ,s or f) when listening to people speak, resulting in muffled speech and a complete lack of clarity.

Though high frequency hearing loss is usually irreversible, top-quality hearing aids are a highly effective treatment option. Cutting-edge technology processes speech differently than noise and can help replace listening fatigue.

Before being fitted with a pair of state-of-the-art wireless Audibel hearing aids, local resident Eugene Baker was struggling with his own age-related high-frequency hearing loss. “I could hardly hear anything,” he recalled. “I was getting agitated, even with my wife, about not being able to hear clearly. I was tired of pretending to hear and understand what people were saying.”

Fortunately, Eugene happened to catch an Audibel TV spot at the perfect moment, which was shortly after Eugene’s previous set of hearing aids from an unnamed company left him less than satisfied. He made the call and scheduled his first appointment.

During his initial consultation and examination at Audibel, a friendly hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of Eugene’s ears, clearly explaining the results with a detailed audiogram- a graph that displays how well you hear at each frequency, or pitch, which is essential for understanding speech.

Eugene was then fitted with his brand-new pair of highly advanced wireless hearing aids, wearing them during a convenient 45-day trial period with weekly appointments so he could familiarize himself with the devices.

The results have been striking. “It is a totally different world now,” he remarked. “I feel much more relaxed knowing that I’m able to hear everyone now. A lot of the aggravation of not being able to hear has disappeared.”

Like Eugene, you can improve your overall quality of life through better hearing. All 27 convenient Audibel Hearing Centers throughout the Tampa Bay area offer a free hearing screening with no obligation, as well as a unique 45-day trial on most hearing aids. “Everyone at Audibel is very professional – I would certainly recommend them to anyone,” Eugene added.

Your journey to better hearing begins today: Call your nearest Audibel Hearing Aid Center to schedule your complimentary hearing screening. Visit FloridaHearing.com for more information.

Bay- area senior James Lee is getting excited about his upcoming 99th birthday party. But living a full life for almost a century won’t be the only thing he’ll be celebrating thanks to a pair of highly advanced Audibel hearing aids, James is over the moon about being able to hear again.

Before he was fitted with the high-tech hearing devices, James was barely able to keep up with others in conversations. Asking people to shout or repeat themselves become the norm, doctor’s visits became an exercise in frustration and the joy of spending time with his great-great grandsons was never fully realized since he couldn’t understand a word they were saying.

In his earlier years, James was a music lover, playing in a band with some of his friends. He later become a firefighter in Concord, NC, where he worked for 33 years before retiring as the fire department’s assistant chief. He’s currently the oldest living firefighter from the city’s Fire Station 1, which was the first station established in the city’s history.

“I have several third-degree burns all over my body to prove it,” James chuckled. “But it never bothered me because I was saving lives.”

Well into his retirement, James had plenty of time to notice that his hearing had been steadily diminishing. With the encouragement of his family and loved ones, James set an appointment at his nearest Audibel location. During his initial consultation and examination, a friendly Audibel hearing aid specialist conducted an audiometric test of James’s ears, clearly explaining the results with a detailed audiogram. He was then fitted with a pair of state-of-the-art wireless hearing aids, wearing them during a convenient 45-day trial period with weekly appointments so he could familiarize himself with the devices.

“I’m surprised and happy about how much better I’m able to hear and enjoy activities,” he beamed. “And now I can finally hear and enjoy music again - I haven’t been able to do so for far too long.”

“All my years of saving lives as a firefighter, I never thought I would need saving myself. Audibel did that for my hearing.” Like James, you can improve your overall quality of life through better hearing. All 27 convenient Audibel Hearing Centers throughout the Tampa Bay area offer a free hearing screening with no obligation, as well as a unique 45-day trial on most hearing aids.

“I enjoy coming to Audibel – I look forward to my appointments here and my hugs from everyone,” James added with a smile.

Your journey to better hearing begins today: Call your nearest Audibel Hearing Aid Center to schedule your complimentary hearing screening. Visit FloridaHearing.com for more information.