Thanks for the help!
I am still not 100% sure of the cause but some of the things that you mentioned were factors.
I have a pair of earphones that aren’t apple brand that I have been using for quite a while. Of course because I have a 7 I had to use the little extension piece. I ruled this out because I unplugged them after getting the error message and it continued.
I also connect my phone to my car via Bluetooth. I ruled this out because I was not driving and my phone was not connected to the car in any way.
Lastly, Spotify. I was playing music via the app this morning but stopped once I arrived to work. Upon leaving the building I restarted the app and that’s when I started getting the message. Also, I was signed out of the app when normally I am signed in and the music plays automatically. I’ve utilized Spotify for as long as I’ve had the phone (1 year) and have never had this issue before.
So again, I am not 100% what triggered the error message but what I did to remove it was I rebooted my phone. Upon restart, the error message as gone.