I'm sorry to hear about your AN, but welcome to this site. You didn't mention why your doctor is against surgery? Do you have other health issues that does not make you a good candidate for surgery ? Unfortunately the noise you are experiencing might not go away, no matter what type of procedure you chose - Radiation or Surgery. From what I have been told, and have read, a AN affects our hearing, which means the brain compensates for the loss of sound by creating it's own sound. Obviously I'm not a doctor, but this is one of the causes of sound in our head. For many of us, it is referred to as Tinnitus, or many of us suffer from Menieres disease as well, along with having a AN. Joy Joy
My advice - which is totally free ( lol ) - compliments of ANA. Please learn as much as you can, research research research, before you make any decisions about how you will deal with this AN. By learning a great deal, you can make the very best choice that works for you, and that you can be comfortable with for the rest of your life. This site is an excellent resource in addition to the world wide web. Also have a look at ATA.ORG, that is the American Tinnitus Association to learn more about your noises.
You definitely need another opinion. I also suggest you come to NYC and meet one of the highly trained and experienced doctors in this field. I had my AN surgically removed by Dr's. Roland and Golfinos at NYU Langone Medical Center. They both chair their respective departments, and are very experience. Dr. Golfinos does radiation as well if you decide against surgery, but it is worth meeting them. My son's business associates's daughter had her AN removed from Dr. Sisti - they were also happy with their outcome.
I hope this helps, stay connect here, and ask/post as much as you want or need to, someone will reply.