This was quite an interesting week. Since I'm not working (other than the job-search efforts and preparing for the trip), I decided to go to the movie theater across the street from my apartment to see the latest Hobbit movie. (In the 2+ years that I've lived here, I had never stepped foot in the 20-plex.) I figured that between it being an "early bird" morning showtime (10:50 a.m.) of a movie that's been out for a while, not only would I save a few pennies, the theater should be practically empty. I wasn't wrong. I got there just as the previews were starting, which was great since I could scope out the ideal place to sit away from everyone else. There were only six other people so I sat in the center of the section in front of them. I experienced no triggers, other than an occasional crunch of popcorn or whisper behind me (which wasn't often), and didn't even have to wear my earplugs or let down my hair "blinders." It was the most enjoyable movie I've seen in a LONG time. Granted, it wasn't until after I saw that movie that I realized I've been missing out on taking advantage of the mini theater my apartment complex has at the Clubhouse. I could've been watching movies privately sitting in the plush theater seating with no triggers at all. Silly me. I'll definitely be taking advantage of those facilities when I come back from the trip.
I read something this morning saying that 20/20 is doing a report on hyperacusis tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 7th) at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. CST). Since they already did a report on misophonia a couple of years ago (which was the report that a stranger on a plane told me about when she introduced me to the term misophonia), and since hyperacusis is somewhat connected with misophonia, it wouldn't surprise me if they refer back to that earlier report. It will be interesting to hear what new information they show.