Deaf Awareness Week: "I struggled with my hearing for years."

ITV Central journalist Lucy Kapasi had struggled with her hearing for years.

As part of Deaf Awareness Week, 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.

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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.

For help and advice go to For details on NHS hearing aids, which are free, click here