agree, basheva!<P>i find it bothersome, too, that one appears to be a wimp of some sort, by being concerned about it.<P>as you say, age brings the courage of one's convictions, so i now don't care TOO much about covering my ears discreetly with my hands as a protective measure...and i've probablty commented to management once (but no more) on one occasion when the volume was at assault level.<P>i guess what surprises me - and salzberg can fill us in here, i'm sure - is "isn't there some permissible maximum limit within a concert hall/theatre?" (i'm not talking about rave venues or nightclubs here..), and wouldn't that permissible limit be a commonly acceptable volume, i.e. (at the top end of) reasonably comfortable, at all spots in the theatre....? <P>basheva, like your teacher story, i was having a private little apoplexy last week when my 2 year old neice with virgin ears stood in front of her big sister's drum kit speakers, while older sis accompanied some heavy metal music......in an instant turmoil of 'what to do?!?' because 'mum' was oblivious, standing by, while i couldn't wait to get baby out of there....when i mentioned it to 'mum', she said, genuinely surprised and taken aback: "but it's not bothering ME...."<P>poor little ears....