I've been to many wedding parties wearing my earplugs. The music is pretty loud, probably anywhere from 90-100 DB. I've noticed that I always see a lot of older people (50s/60s) dancing away without wearing any ear protection. I can't understand how people at that age don't feel pain inside of their ears from the loud music? What I'm thinking is, is hearing damage genetic? I mean do some people not damage their hearing no matter how many concerts or parties they go to without protection? How do these old people not have tinnitus or hearing damage? Samething with people i know who refuse to wear ear plugs at events because they have "strong" ears. These are people I know that go parties, concerts 2-3 times a month on a regular basis and have never heard of tinnitus? So is hearing loss and tinnitus genetic? will some people never damage their hearing or get tinnitus no matter how many concerts they attend?