Thanx oli. Fortunately I still hear fairly well. The damage causes constant ringing. I actually sort of "forget" about it for periods of time; now while I am writing I am very aware of it. Another weird phenomenon is that the sound of running water, like faucets, waterfalls, rivers, surf, etc, seem to have masked voices in the background. Yes, I hear voices. But they are at a "volume' just low enuff I can't "understand " them. That's probably a good thing. My serious advice is to use adequate ear protection. Guns, bombs, heavy machinery, impact tools, engines. And to my fellow motorcycle riders... wind noise is worse than exhaust. Plug up!