I totally agree with Jim and Jan's comments.
My local otolaryngologist said he always recommends House to his AN patients (I live in New Jersey) and I decided while I was still in his office at the time of diagnosis that that was where I wanted to go. I checked out their website, sent them my MRI, talked to the surgeon on the phone and set up my appointment for surgery during that consultation call. I was completely delighted with every aspect of the two weeks I spent at House and would go there again in a heartbeat.
Do I think I would have been equally successful and satisfied had I gone to surgeons in New York or elsewhere on the east coast? Definitely!
I've read more than enough posts on this forum (which I discovered several months after my surgery) to know that there are any number of eminently qualified surgeons in this area -- and throughout the country -- who provide wonderful outcomes and who have many, many devoted patients. And with the seeming increase in diagnosed cases of acoustic neuromas, the number of qualified and experienced surgeons should only increase.
I think that each individual patient must decide for him/herself the best route to follow, taking into account all the variables that factor into the decision-making process. Some people stay local -- or nearly so -- because of family or job constraints, financial/insurance issues, or maybe just because they don't want to travel and are confident (and rightfully so) that, with some research, they'll be able to find excellent treatment in their vicinity.
Trust and confidence in your doctor is the key element, and once you've found the right one(s), don't second-guess ... just go for it.
Catherine (JerseyGirl 2)