AFTER Margaret Lewis was diagnosed with nerve deafness at 32, she struggled to enjoy the activities she loved to do.
Although she "made do" with a hearing aid over the next 40 years, Mrs Lewis said she found it increasingly difficult to converse in noisy rooms and began to rely on lip reading.
"My hearing impediment became progressively worse, it became harder to live with," Mrs Lewis, of Baulkham Hills, said.
About 44 per cent of hearing-impaired people believe they "miss out" because of their hearing.
Mrs Lewis said she was unaware of more advanced hearing restoration procedures until she attended the Self-Help for Hard of Hearing (SHHH) seminar, led by Alan Jones from the Cochlear Implant Club and Advisory Association.
By this time, Mrs Lewis was profoundly deaf.
Mrs Lewis was fitted with her first cochlear implant in 2009, followed by a second on her right side in 2010.
"The transformation in my life has just been marvellous," she said.
"I feel I should have had my implants 20 years ago."
This week is Hearing Awareness Week and people are being encouraged to take a hearing test to confirm hearing loss.
Mrs Lewis said it felt like she had been "reborn".
"I don't have to ask my family to repeat themselves any more," she said.