Hi Chad. Sorry you had to join the club. One of the weird things about these tumors is that there are so many treatment options, and, thus, many different opinions! And, even Doctors will often push patients towards the treatment with which they are the most familiar. So it's good to do your research. And, you have time.
For me (and I"ve heard others say this): I just wanted the thing out. I also felt like surgery gave me the best chance at the best long-term outcome. Surgery also assumes a lot more short term risk. So far, I've been very glad I had surgery, via Middle Fossa approach, and my hearing has been stable. I think I go this summer for a 4-year MRI follow up, and hoping for good news there.
The reasons agains some type of radiation, as I"m sure you're aware, are 1) lack of long-term studies, so sometimes it depends on age. For example, I was told I was maybe too young for radiation. 2) even if the radiation takes care of the tumor, your hearing can still deteriorate.