James Cheung from Derbyshire is part of a pioneering project placing hearing dogs with deaf children. His is one of only 12 placements of its kind in the country.
James explains how Kurt helps him in everyday life.
James say, "He pulls the duvet to wake me. He's my best friend.
"If the smoke alarm goes off he lets me know and I give him a treat."
James and Kurt are promoting the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
It takes around £45,000 to train and place a hearing dog.
The National Deaf Children's Society says that more than three quarters of young people cannot communicate with someone with hearing loss.
James Cheung is helping to promote a new campaign marking Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's 30th anniversary.