My coworker who sits behind me in our open office is the LOUDEST typer I have ever witnessed. He bangs on the keyboard so strongly I am amazed he hasn't broken it. It's loudest when he gets in his 'flow'. I don't want to break his focus, and I know he's being productive and getting really into the email that he's drafting, but it is impacting my own concentration.
I do my best to ignore it. Sometimes I put ear buds in but I can still hear it and it's still distracting. I requested a new keyboard when I started and he got one too (I thought less crumbs and gunk would make the keys quieter).
An extra layer of complexity, the loud typer is my boss!
Any suggestions of how to handle? Any other woes you have solved in the new standard open office layout?