I was 37, male, when I found out I had an AN. I'm now 38.
My AN was a monster (6.3cm x 3.2cm x 4.4cm) with a few cyst surrounding the tumor, I chose a plan of both surgery and radiation in Chicago.
I had the "debulking" RS surgery May 2015. Gamma Knife, Radiation followed in October 2015.
Having done both, I can honestly say I'm not a fan of GK but so far I have kept my 90% of my hearing and my balance is back to mostly normal. Recovery from radiation was rough for me, not saying surgery was easy at all (quite the opposite) but radiation recovery was hard, albeit faster than surgery. Perhaps the GK recovery was harder because I thought it would be "easy" so my expectations were wrong.
I feel very good about the path I took because I made the choice, nobody else.
Regardless of which path you take, once you decide you should feel confident you have chosen what is best for you, that will make all the difference in your recovery.
Good luck in your decision and feel free to reach out to me if you wish to chat!
Stay positive & best regards,