The second momentous occasion this morning occurred when a sales rep came in to demonstrate a set of noise masking speakers. My assistant has long known about how I suffer with misophonia and she had learned of these devices while working with this rep on another project - where the dividing wall between offices in this one company's facilities was not sound-proof enough to mask conversations. (The company works with very sensitive information so having good sound proofing between the offices was very important.
The rep was not familiar with what misophonia is, so I played him the 20/20 video report to help him understand what it's like to have these sensitivities. He seemed fascinated by the condition and was able to set up a small speaker system around my desk to create my own little sound masking "bubble." He went on to say that his office has these devices, because it allows for people to individually control their
The speakers played a brown noise (I think that was the color) and I could adjust the volume to my own level of comfort. The devices are meant to be portable, which would be very good for people who travel. What's interesting is that when I walked away from my desk, I really didn't hear the masking sound, and no one complained about it either. It actually sounded like the air ducts I'm used to hearing in the office, only louder.