Sometimes the best changes are small changes. A future version of Pixel OS will have a quality of life update and separate volume controls for ringtones and notifications.
Admittedly this is a pretty basic change, but given the fact that you can adjust media and alarm volumes independently, it makes sense that the tool would cover everything. If you can hear your phone while sending a , you can mute the notifications. Apparently, this one feature of his has been in development for about a year and a half. Original Google IssueTracker post asking for this change (opens in new tab)Looking through the thread, it seems that Google did not consider this request important enough to implement it quickly, and took time to process it.