LOL at the OP.. im in the same boat as you.. Unfortunately, i get very easily distracted, and i just dont enjoy music when i can hear anything else with it. I dont get the goosebumps on the climax of the song if i hear cars driving by me, or someone mumbling. or if i can hear myself doing that "i sound like a deff person trying to sing" thing.. you gotta know what im talking about.. I seem to have very good hearing at 29, and ive been the guy who has walked 25+ miles a week with headphones on FULL VOLUME the whole time. I also own a rediculous 5.2 setup, with 15" woofers and 18" subwoofers that i DO tend to use much louder then i should. Its nice that people seem to care, but unfortunately, they dont realize they are taking the joy out of the music for some.. Its the same reason i love a live rock concert, where you feel the music in your bones.. I am currently looking for headphones, too. And loudness is a factor for me, too. Will i wish i still had my hearing at 60? Im sure. But can i live now without the joy of music i so desperately crave?.... unfortunately, i just dont think so. Please dont chew me out for my opinion, as i understand im mostly in the wrong, but sometimes we just cant help our vices.