Advice from an NOMC Donor on preserving your hearing:
“The following may sound both elitist and old fartist- but it comes from one who truly loves music, the fountain of youth. In my youth, I played my stereo loud to “get into” the music. As time passes, most listeners lower the volume, but may lose the joy. So this is what worked for me:
People of any age buying music should have old-school CD’s on their favorite artists, because a high grade CD player will pull more detail out of the groove than any other medium- forget MP3. The better the source material that can be forwarded to an amplifier, the better the sound. There are now amps on the market, e.g. the Peachtree Nova (about $1200), that emulate the sound of much pricier units. The model mentioned also has a great headphone amp- but stay away from ear buds and go to larger open back phones, PLEASE! Phones should be mainly to please a mate nearby.
Once you have this caliber of equipment- turn off the fan on your AC unit, go to the best speakers you can afford, and hear music in more detail than you have ever heard- at 1/3 the volume of your youth. You can play something like Dr. John’s “Litany de Saints”, and hear a phantasmagoria never imagined. And your ears will be saved into your old age.”