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I use a ratshack digital meter from my listening position, and, though I am very familiar with how loud it is, there is some music that I occasionally check to ensure I don't exceed a self-imposed 80 dB average SPL limit. That's plenty loud for me and I can hear and feel everything I need to. After several hours of listening at this level, my ears are still fresh and there is no feeling of fatigue.
I have hearing loss and ringing due to abusing my ears in my youth....and some in my not-so-youth.
I now wear hearing protection for everything, lawn mower, shop-vac, all power tools other than a drill, tractor. I keep hearing protection around everywhere in the form of muffs or plugs.
When I shoot rifles or pistols I wear both.
I wear soft ear plugs at rock shows,