Of course, traveling has its usual misophonia woes with airports full of triggers, so I won't write about those. (Just look up any of my prior traveling posts. Same stuff, different day.) I was very excited to connect up with my BFF at a place halfway between the conference and where she lives. She's one of the few people who truly understands my suffering, despite her not being a sufferer. Even before we met up, she expressed concern that the diner where we said we'd meet up might bombard me with triggers because of how busy/loud it is. I said let's just meet there anyway and play it by ear. In the end, yes I did put in my earplugs to lessen some of the sharper triggers but the overall din of the background noise actually didn't bother me. It helped mask some of the triggers.
The conference itself was a different issue. I found myself wearing my earplugs a lot - particularly during meals - and was very thankful that the presenters that spoke during the meals used microphones. I was able to hear their speeches without having to hear the clinking of people eating.
On another note... Back in January, one of the professional lighting magazines to which I subscribed had an article about designing for environments to accommodate people with sensitivity special needs. The article focused on children with ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorder, so I wrote a letter to the editor praising the author of the article for a timely article where I also brought up my misophonia condition (published in this month's issue). The magazine has over 8,000 people around the world in its readership base and although I don't know how many people read letters to the editor, even if just one person reads what I wrote, at least I know I educated one more person about misophonia.