I am fairly new to the whole hi-fi thing but I believe I have already realized what the most important aspect of being a listener is:
Be nice to your ears so they will last you the rest of your life.
So my question is how can I do this? How can I listen to my headphones enjoyably while avoiding certain actions that may cause hearing damage (permanent, temporary, early/late onset, chronic, any kind!)? Do I need to limit myself to a certain amount of listening per day? I understand that I shouldn't listen to my headphones "too loud" but sometimes the line between "safe" and "dangerous" is a little faded (what can help me to discern exactly what "too loud" is?). I imagine that my love for music will only grow exponentially as I age which is why I want to be smart about the way I listen as a 21 year-old.
This question goes out to all who have any knowledge or experience of what "safe listening" is. I would especially love to hear from the Oldies on this site who have managed to keep their ability to hear since headphones came out (sometime after the stone age I believe...).
Thanks to all who respond!
P.S. Let me know if I should post this in a different forum to get better results.