Hi Nick and welcome to the club. If you read some of my other post you will see I am not an ANer...but everyone is stuck with me anyway....at first AN was a possiblity which is how I became a little member of this group. I cannot stress from what I have learned that Both GK and CK are definate options and the best resource you could have at hand is the cyberknife support group.org...both Dr. Medbery and Dr. Spunberg are knowleable and patient as can be with good sense of humors.
There are lots of various facts concerning the differences ever so slight that they are concerning CK verses GK,,,,and for hearing preservation it is generally better to perform fractionated treatment rather than straight GK...However, depending upon your type, size, exact location etc. GK may work perfectly well..'
Both Doctors on the site are educated in both types of proceedures and you will find a wealth of info from it.
I would choose surgery as last option of hearing preservation....lots of info on the web is outdated etc. so you need to really research to discern the newest info...
There are argumenst from every site, doctor etc that all differ in opinions which can make it very fustrating, each doctor hospital etc has invested huge money in to thier approach for different reasons..some economic, some systems are upgradeable, training needed, insurance expenses etc. So with that being said..research some more, remember you have time..these are slooooowww growing, so you have the time to make a really informed opinion as to which you would like to have performed for you.
Watch and wait is certainly an option, but from what I have seen, most people do eventually have to have something done anyway....it is up to you, how long you can live with it.
Good luck and keep us all informed.