I'm retired and have a large lawn & summer camping area to maintain. I always wear headphone type hearing protection. I'm thinking of some Bose Niose Cancelling Headphones and maybe an I-pod. I have no experience with either and I would appreciate any opinions on both hearing protection and sound performance. Do the Bose Headphones allow you to hear quality low volume sound while operating a lawn mower? Do you have to crank up the volume of the music at the cost of hearing protection? I'd also appreciate any information on quality headphone or I-Pod options.