@ejvette That sucks. I not only listened to loud music for years, rode a motorcycle with a very loud 4 into 1 exhaust for a few years, but I played drums. Also, in NYC, as you may well know, on West 4th Street off Broadway there used to be a club called The Bottom Line. (We can thank NYU for its demise.) It was one of the best venues ever for concerts, sitting perhaps 100-150 people with a bar behind and to the side of the seats. I saw many shows there, including acoustic Jerry Garcia with Merle Saunders. However, it was Billy Cobham, drummer extraordinaire, who did my hearing in. I sat in front of his double bass drums, perhaps a foot away, for five straight nights. OMG. And I have to hear for a living.