Anyway, I just attended a health screening event. Given my family's history of heart problems, I try to take advantage of these free screenings whenever I can. I'm happy to say that (other than my misophonia), I've got a clean bill of health. Even the arteriosclerosis screening (where they do something similar to an ultrasound to check the plaque buildup in your carotid arteries), I did really well. (Yippee!) I was happy that I always carry around a set of earplugs in my pocket. There was an older woman softly whistling (one of my biggest triggers) and for whatever reason (coincidence or not, since she clearly saw me put my earplugs in...), she kept following me around the exhibit hall floor - while whistling. Weird!!!
I was also reminded of something that happened a couple of days ago. As I was reading some misophonia support group posts, I thought about my first job out of school where my supervisor bought one of those electronic devices for the hearing impaired that would flash a bright light anytime his phone rang. He used it whenever he was at someone else's desk across the open office area to know when someone was calling. (He wasn't hard of hearing at all.) Anyway, I wish I remembered that device sooner because I can't begin to tell you how many times I didn't hear my office phone ring, even though it was only several inches in front of me, because the headphones I used to block my coworkers' triggers worked so well. If I hadn't moved to my current desk location, very much isolated from my coworkers (so my earphones are less of a necessity), I would've definitely bought one. I think it'd be a very handy supplement to noise blocking/cancelling devices when working in an environment where phone usage is a necessity.