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Decorated military veteran and Episcopal priest shares his story

Thanks to his Audibel hearing aids, the difference in his hearing has been “night and day.”
Audibel hearing aid specialist Tony Carbone, HIS (right), greets patient and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gordon Reynolds during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at FloridaHearing.com.
Audibel hearing aid specialist Tony Carbone, HIS (right), greets patient and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gordon Reynolds during a recent visit. Find your nearest Audibel at FloridaHearing.com. [ Audibel ]
Published Jun. 16
Updated Jun. 16

From his 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 asaB-24 navigator. After the war, he entered pilot training and served in the Korean War as a Lockheed 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 served as Alert Force Commander at Pease Air Force Base, NH.

At the conclusion of his 23 years of military service, Gordon retired as a decorated lieutenant colonel. In his multi-war-spanning career, he received two Distinguished 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 to 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 the Tampa Bay Times 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-percent 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.