It’s a funny joke to some folks, but not to those who can’t hear well. “I don’t need a microphone–I’m a loud mouth,” or “I hate this thing. Let me just talk to you without it,” says a presenter.
For those of us with significant hearing loss, the message is that we don’t matter, that people don’t care if we can hear them. For others with milder hearing loss, they may smile and bluff their way along, but they too fail to understand the speaker completely.
We urge you to use the microphone every time the audience or speakers have something to say. For help and guidance, download our Microphone Skills 101.