I actually play my music pretty softly. The reasoning is because I'm pretty paranoid about losing hearing down the line. Being really involved in music now, I imagine I'm going to be playing music for many years down the line. What I don't want is my hearing to be ruined by that point to where I can't enjoy it as much I want to.
Because of that, I... -- Wear ear muffs when I mow the lawn, vacuum, or do any possibly loud activity -- Have a certain number on the volume dial in my car that I won't go past, no matter how much I want to at times -- Put on headphones where I can hear whatever being played, but not anything more than that -- wear ear plugs at concerts (good ones though that don't change the sound quality)
I figure that my ears will just naturally adjust to the softer volume and allow me to hear it just fine. It is easier to get louder and louder then get softer and softer because of how a person's ears are made.
Lawnmowers happen to be right on the edge of volume that can cause hearing damage over repeated exposure. So anything that is lawnmower-volume and above I try to avoid. If I can't avoid it, I put in ear protection. I don't care if my family ever makes fun of me for it. At least I'll still be able to hear years down the line haha
I usually only listen to music when I'm out and about from my phone with headphones. When I'm walking/bussing somewhere, I like the music loud but just enough so that I can still be somewhat aware of my surroundings.
At the gym, I like the music louder. Loud enough so that I don't have to hear any guys who might be giving birth in the weightroom area as I work my ass off on the elliptical. :P
If i'm completely alone! :o! I listen to it very very low... because i'm so paranoid!! i'm always scared of everything, so I need to have minimal noises when i'm alone, so in case there's a noise that can signal danger, I can hear it! D: haha I always think someone's gonna jump in through a window or something... and kill me D: ... or that there are spirtis wandering about... and yeah~ I like have everything super super silent...
and my brother hates me because when everyone is here I have the surround sound blasting ALLL LOUD!!! hahahaha and he tells me "Why do you want all the neighbors to hear your music?" D:
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D and it's ROCK music mostly hahaahaah :D!
It really depends on my mood. It's usually somewhere in the middle, so I I can hear the music, but sing along and not drown it out. :P I play it a bit softer if I need to focus on something else at the time. The music gets blared if I'm really rockin' out or if I need to drown out some thoughts.