Thanks for the response.
You certainly have me beat with 14 opinions. Dr. Sheehan will be my 5th. I feel like I have spoken to very highly qualified doctors, but like many of the posts I read, I feel that their recommendations have been driven primarily by what they offer. Not that there is anything wrong with that because my AN is between 2.6 & 2.8 cm, so it is close to the limit for GK, and either option will hopefully work - to either get rid of the AN or at least stop it from growing.
I had 2 doctors who specialize in MS recommend translab, 1 doctor who specializes in GK recommend GK, and 1 retired neurosurgeon with a good deal of AN experience (a friend of my wfie's family) say I could go either way but GK would most likely offer the easier recovery.
Interestingly, the size of tumor wasn't the reason that one of the doctors recommended MS over GK, it was my age, 43, and the concern (valid or not) of the long term (20+ years) outcome of GK.
I'm leaning towards GK because I still have good hearing in my affected ear, but I do worry about swelling and greater symptoms after the treatment. Right now, I do have ringing in the ear, slightly diminished hearing, and very mild facial (primarily tongue and lip) numbness/tingling, but my my balance is fine and otherwise I feel very well.
Hopefully, I will get a strong feeling in my gut after meeting with Dr. Sheehan.