Hearing Evaluation Services is proud to announce that Medal of Honor recipient and the new News-Radio 930 WBEN host, David Bellavia has joined the HES family of satisfied patients. Mr. Bellavia will be sharing his great experience with HES and his hearing aids technology on his radio talk show and helping the rest of Buffalo get excited about better hearing.
At HES, we have proudly showcased actual patients on our popular TV commercials, telling real stories from their life about how their experience with HES helped them reconnect with their families, jobs, and hobbies. Whether it is John from Lancaster talking about his tinnitus, Katie from Amherst showing how her hearing aids help her as a competitive play hockey, or Bruce from Buffalo showing how better hearing helps him perform better in business – the truth speaks for itself.
In 2018, we had the pleasure of having Tony Caligiuri, the longtime producer of the Sandy Beach show on WBEN, begin endorsing HES and sharing how his hearing aids have helped him be more present with his kids at home and on the sports fields.
In July 2020, when Sandy Beach retired, David Bellavia took over as host of the show. Mr. Bellavia’s military noise exposure was catching up with him and affecting his ability to hear at work and home. We are honored to be able to assist him reengage with all the activities that are important to him. Both David Bellavia and Tony Caligiuri will share the experiences with HES and all the great advancements in hearing aid technology on their show.
Mr. Bellavia began his career with the United States Army in 1999 and served in Kosovo, before deploying to Iraq in 2004 with the Company A, Task Force 202, 1st Infantry Division.
During a battle in Falluja, Iraq, Mr. Bellavia was the squad leader of a platoon that was tasked with clearing a block of buildings, when they suddenly came under attack by jihadists. An ensuing gun battle injured several soldiers, even as they retreated out into the street. Fire continued on the platoon from the rooftop of the building, and as the battle continued, Mr. Bellavia single-handedly saved his platoon by infiltrating the building and using hand-to-hand combat, even while wounded, to save his squad.
Mr. Bellavia was awarded the Silver Star and the citation was revised in June 2019, as he was honored with one of seven Operation Iraqi Freedom Medals of Honor. He is the only living recipient from the Iraq War with this honor.
Like many Veterans that we see at the offices of Hearing Evaluation Services, Mr. Bellavia experienced hearing loss as a result of the loud noises related to his service. Veterans of all ages, including those newly home from deployment are encouraged to get their hearing tested and the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
We are honored to have such a decorated Veteran advocate for better hearing, while also showcasing the services we provide at Hearing Evaluation Services.
You can hear more about his life, and his journey to better hearing on his talk show from 9:00am – 12:00pm on WBEN 930AM.