I tend to turn it up where I can hear it but it doesn't blow out my ear drums or cause me to lose my hearing long term into the future. I tend to listen to most things very low, where I can barely hear it but not drown out the world around me.
My brothers prefer playing their music loud using speakers. But when I play MY kind of music, I usually keep it low. They always criticize my taste in music.. lol.
But most of the time, I use my earphones. Back then, I alwasy crank up the volume to 100%. Now something's wrong with my left ear. Everytime I hear something loud or screechy, my ear's like breathing out air.. I dunno. And it rings sometimes. T_T
The doctor said I have a very mild tinnitus, so am always careful about volume levels. So I only listen up to 50%.
I play music absolutely loud when i'm about. In the car, at home, with family/friends around, I crank it as loud as possible. But during school, I get so nervous that I'm disturbing others with my music I obsess with how loud it is and eventually it gets so low i can barely hear it, and its almost on mute.
If I could have a soundtrack to my life, I would. I'm the one who blasts music while driving - Florence in the fall, Bon Iver in the winter, Awolnation in the spring, Arctic Monkeys in the summer, and Gorillaz all year round
on my computer is a more complex thing because there are 4 different dials that my sound goes through; the iTunes volume, the computer's overall volume, my headphone's volume-as-determined-by-my-computer-by-default, and the physical volume dial on my headphones.
As loud as it can be without damaging my hearing, and without feeling uncomfortable about bothering others. I have a 1,200W PA speaker next to me, so yeah. I am not turning that all the way up. I tried it on a low-medium volume with a sub in the music store and the whole place shook. I'm not risking demolishing my house.
If I'm listening to a CD I don't play it that loud.
Sometimes I play the didgeridoo though, and that doesn't have a volume control. I start to play and I hear every dog within two miles start barking and howling in the background and I feel a little bad - but when expressing a thing feels like part of your soul in that way then it would be a crime to deny it...