thank you for the congrats and "virtually" nice to meet you as well
Only my 2 cents and others here may note differently, which I totally respect (unless they disagree with me
Dr noted to you about being younger and ability to recuperate from surgery quicker. Now, we know that is commonly true with any ailment or surgery... but, with radio... honestly, there is no recuperation. I took the week off from work for my radio treatment... each of my treatment days (5), I had my CK, went to lunch, got online with here and my work emails (I'm set up to work from home)..... walked my dog, etc etc etc. I reported back to work the following week. So, I respect what the doc noted about surgical treatment and younger folks recuperating faster.... with radio, there is no recupe period.
dr is commenting about not being sure if an irratiated AN would grow back in 20-30 years... well, heck... I don't know where I'll be in 20-30 yrs (could be 6' below, ya know?) I could be hit by lightening or the oldest woman living that becomes pregnant (ok, don't go wishing that one on me!). Bottom line.... life is filled with risks. Surgical risks... radio risks... 20-30 yrs from now... I can't think that far forward, so, for me... you do what is best for you and your situation (overall.. ie: financial, facility location, experience of the team, your day to day living situation, your employment, etc).
Only from my own experience... like you, I had high level of serviceable hearing (over 90% at time of treatment).... 3.5 yrs later, I still have over 90% serviceable hearing. I know of those that lost more hearing after treatment (both, surgical and radio) and some that remained the same. To me, its a Craps Game as "individual results may vary".
There are 2, to date, that I personally know, that had failed CK and went into surgery (they both participated here on these forums). Success rates for radio, overall, is very high, so for anyone to see an AN radio failure is VERY rare.
Heck, I've been married 2 times now.. that is risk enough for me!
so, enough from me... welcome again to the site... disregard the man behind the curtain... but most of all... glad you found us!