ITV Central journalist Lucy Kapasi had struggled with her hearing for years.
On World Hearing Day, she tells her personal story in our Point of View series.
Fed up with struggling to make out what people were saying and asking them to repeat themselves, her brain felt like it was constantly on overload so she finally decided to try hearing aids.
In this vlog, we see the video diary of her hearing journey along with her reflections on how her life has changed one year on.
If you think you might have hearing loss don't stay in denial like I did for so long. My working and personal life have all improved now that I can hear properly. And my husband's delighted we can now turn the sound down on the TV!
There are currently 11 million people in the UK with some level of hearing loss.
Studies show living with hearing loss increases the risk of social isolation, mental health problems and dementia.
The theme of World Hearing day is 'Check your hearing.'