A few weekends ago I went to a rock concert with some buddies in a small basement club. The music was pretty good, but really loud (and no, I'm not an old fart complaining about the music being too loud, I'm 23 years old). I don't understand why they have to turn the band up so loud??? In between the two bands I went to the bathroom and stuffed some kleenex in my right ear which was most directly facing the PA system. That helped a little bit. The next day was a Sunday, and I tried to get some work done on the album I'm mixing. After only 5 or 10 minutes, my ears were fatigued like I had been mixing for 8 hours straight and I had to stop. Ever since that damn concert I've been really aware of ear fatigue. I know its not a good idea to mix for more than an hour without taking a break, but lately I've had to take breaks every 30-40 minutes. How do you guys deal with it? How loud do you mix at, and for how long at a time? Does putting your monitors farther away from your ears help at all? I have mine about 3 feet from my head. I can't quite reach them if I sit straight in my chair and extend my arms towards them. I've been putting a wide -1dB cut on the master out at 2.5kHz when my ears get tired, but 1dB is not really enough to make much of a difference and I don't wanna risk messing up my sound because I'm missing volume in an important part of the mix. What do you guys think? Can mixing engineers afford to go to rock concerts? Lol. Pax Caritas et lol, -Clark PS I mix using KRK V4s, which I've only had for a few weeks now, and sometimes reference with my iMac speakers and AKG 121s.