Truthfully, I've had it 20 years. All due to a BAD HMO doc in 1997! Yes, I'm still anger I suppose; which is odd because it goes against my spiritual beliefs. You can be happy, if you don't focus on how it changed your life. I was DX w/my 1st at 35. I knew life w/o it. I've had 3 removed. I had a Canal Wall Down Tympanomastoidectomy in 2012. I have constant LOUD tinnitus and a 50% hearing loss in the surgical ear. I'm now trying hearing aids. A BAHA may be necessary. I am driven nuts when it is about to rain and my head becomes a natural barometer. If it wasn't this, it would be something else....so you just have to DEAL with it! If you have chronic infections (as I did for 15 years) I'd suggest getting the canal wall removed. It did take my hearing down from a 75% loss to 50% loss, and added the constant hissing....honestly, this is FAR better than being on antibiotic at least 6X a year and ALL the complications of ear infections. They are messy and not fun!