Thanks guys for your support!! Everyone here is so helpful. BTW, I remembered what you said 1WAREAGLE about the delay in Dr. Guthries's office not calling you back. That also gave me pause for thought!
I know your AN is not supposed to grow at a fast rate, however, I feel a sense of urgency because my hearling loss came at once. I woke up on a Saturday morning about 4 weeks ago and noticed the t.v. sound would echo back in my ear. Also, people who talked loudly actually hurt my ear. It also felt as if my ear was stopped up, as well. I went to the ENT the next week and did indeed have a "significant" hearing loss. Both the ENT and neurosurgeon feel it was a blood clot in my nerve that caused it to decrease suddenly. The neurosurgeon said he did not normally feel "urgent" in most AN cases, but he said he could not say the same for my case as my hearing loss was quite sudden. Since the hearing loss, I have added ear pain and some facial sensations, as well. I already had throat pain and eye pain (not sure it is related). I don't really notice much balance issues. Leave it to my body to have a quick increase of symptoms! It is for this reason, I am bypassing the "wait and watch" mode.
I continue to research with a vengeance. I am now considering CK, as well as GK. I am torn between the two, at this point. I had read about a report Dr. Chang @ Stanford gave another AN member and the statistics for no facial nerve damage were excellent (1 out of 700). Since I had just heard from the neurosurgeon last week that I might have a chance of facial paralysis following GK, it has been in my mind since. When I calm down and finally make a decision, I will let you know. As always, any input is very appreciated. Again, thank you!