Hi folks, I thought I'd start a thread on the most important gear we have - our ears! Since early childhood I've had what my parents referred to as a 'punctured eardrum' in my right ear. It resulted in slightly off balance and a small amount of hearing loss. Now in my mid-40s it's worsening (tinnitus on and off, discomfort), so I'm off to the Ear Institute in a couple of weeks to see exactly what's up and find out how to manage it. I don't listen to headphones at loud volumes - I think. KEF M500 with a GOV2 on low gain, volume set by default through Power Mixer at 13, rarely go any higher than that. But I do lots of conference calls with a Jabra OE headset and lots of flying (almost weekly) and am wondering if those are contributing. Over the years I have attended a few very loud shows of course (NIN at Universal Amphitheatre comes to mind) that I'm sure must have taken a toll...now I take earplugs along to shows I know are going to crank up the volume. Anyone else managing hearing loss out there? Care to share?