Volume lowers on its own after update to GNOME 3.38

Recently upgraded to GNOME v3.38 and noticed there are frequent random pops coming from my speakers (as if the driver is being reloaded) and the volume randomly resets to about 30%. Both events (the pops and the lowering of the volume) do not always coincide.

Some things I’ve tried:
Re-installed pulseaudio and pulseaudio volume control.
Upgraded to Kernel 5.9.3-1

Saw another post alleging there are some possible bugs with pulseaudio v 13.99. After additional observation, what was happening was my volume was resetting to 30% at regular intervals. It was as if the driver was getting a refresh.

I came across this article: https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-desktop-74/pulseaudio-volume-always-resets-itself-to-less-than-100-a-4175646939/ and commented out the following lines in /etc/pulse/default.pa :

### Automatically restore the volume of streams and devices
#load-module module-device-restore
#load-module module-stream-restore
#load-module module-card-restore

This has prevented those streams from resetting regularly, which has for now, solved my problem.

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Thanks a lot - you saved my keyboard!