... before i started primary school i knew i had had trouble with it, anyhow im 37 yrs old now and just recently i stopped my medication... i also have cholesteatoma in both ears and i opted not to undergo any surgical operation... i have tried purchasing hearing aids but my doctor wont sign me in coz he wants me to have the operation... my question is how long approximately do i have to live my life with my illness? i dont want to go to the doctor anymore... i just wanna live life to the fullest before i die