I work as a software engineer at a startup with an open office. We have a Bluetooth speaker that blares "cool tunes, bro" all day, people hold loud meetings or non-work-related conversations anywhere, and it's very difficult to focus on serious engineering problems. I want to start wearing earplugs, but I am wondering:
- If that will be odd or out-of-place (no one currently wears earplugs).
- What I should say when people ask me why I'm wearing earplugs.
People wear headphones somewhat frequently (which, given that they're playing over other noise, can't be good for their ears), but that implies "I want to listen to something specific", not "I don't want to hear all of you". I don't want to imply that I'm a bad culture fit or not a team player, since I like having income.