Well I didn't really know which thread this should go in but anyway I figured this would be it, since it concerns IEM usage. (Though apparently there's been a study done that says that there's really not that much of a difference between supra-aural phones and IEMs in terms of ear-damage) Have always been concerned about damaging my ears after using earphones in the long term (since I have friends who are partially deaf from blasting music) but I've been wondering what would be the maximum safe listening level or how we could discern for ourselves.
Also, I usually try to stick to a minimum possible to hear the details in my music, but it seems that the higher the volume is pushed the more the music just appears. Is there a balance to it? And after long periods of listening (especially on the train, by the road etc.) I notice that my music starts to seem soft and I have to raise the volume of the player in order to hear the same amount of detail that I was hearing 2 minutes ago. Does this temporary desensitization mean anything?
Would love to hear an audiologists' opinion. (: