Not really, and this is one area in which Apple has consistently dropped the ball from a user experience perspective, which is generally what Lord Steve is obsessed with.
When it comes to managing the volume on a Mac, it's just a complete mess. Different apps have their own volume settings independent of the main system volume, and even different devices.
Probably too late for this to be changed for 10.7 if it hasn't already, but maybe 10.8. For now, just try to remember not to put the earbuds in your ear until you've plugged them in and turned the volume down.
Small but irritating. I was wondering if there is anyway to change the default volume setting on my Mac Book Pro? When I plug my headset or earbuds into my Mac Book Pro, the volume automatically increases to half way. Which in some cases, actually most cases, its blasting. I've adjusted the volume in system preferences and nothing works. Is there a terminal command or a change to a Plist to control this before I?m forced to sue Apple for causing my deafness?
Hard of Hearing.....