Without wanting to state the obvious, I would like to suggest some advice for those who happen to have embarked on their home recording projects. It may also serve to remind all of us of the importance of looking after our precious hearing. Our hearing is THE most important element in our work. But much more important - it is part of our very being. I have a condition known in medical terms as Asymetrical Low Sensorinuel Hearing loss. This means that for me, while hearing in my left ear is normal, hearing in my right ear certainly is not. I have lost most of my natural bass frequency responce to my right hearing due to damage to my right inner ear Auditory Nerve. This is inoprerable and permanent. Accompanying this condition I have mild Tinnutus which has been a side effect of the sudden trauma damage that occured. Tinnutus is a constant and audible humming similar to static interference which varies in volume and sound, but which I also now have to live with for the rest of my life. It is also inoperable and permanent. The conflicting ways in which my left and right ears now receive sound is hell to live with, and at times downright painfull. ALWAYS work at sensibly audible volume levels. In fact better still, adapt to working at LOW volume levels, and only turn it up when you really feel you need to. Sure - allow yourself the thrill of hearing the final results of your work loud if you really want to. But DO NOT OVERDO IT. Maintaining your hearing is all about how long and how often you expose your hearing to unnecessarilly loud volume levels. TAKE GREAT CARE. The damage to my own hearing was the result of headphone use. Over time I have learned to adapt to my condition and I continue with my recording work. Luckilly, as effectively as I was prior to my hearing impairment. But I now go about my work with great care. NEVER use closed headphones. If you do, TURN THEM DOWN. The sound that you hear inside closed headphones has no where else to go but directly into your ears. Semi closed headphones are safer. ALWAYS TAKE A BREAK. Your hearing is your precious gift. Just like you, it needs to rest.