Do you wish a microphone was used at all meetings and events that you attend? I certainly do. My article for FindHearing on HHTM discusses how important microphones are for creating an inclusive environment and what we, as people with hearing loss, can do to help promote microphone usage. See an excerpt from the piece below.
Thank You For Using the Microphone
It was a reunion weekend at my alma mater. It was great to see old friends and revisit my school days by sitting in on some “Back-to-School” classes — without the stress of homework or grades of course! I was worried if I would be able to enjoy the classes fully given my hearing loss, so I was proactive and spoke with the organizers ahead of time, to request that a microphone be used.
Arriving at the first class, I reminded the professor about my hearing issues and he assured me he was a loud speaker, but if I couldn’t hear, he would use the mic. I sat in the second row to make sure I was as close as possible and hoped for the best.
The professor was a loud talker — at the start of his sentence — but his voice trailed off as he reached the conclusion. I tried to catch his eye and held my hand behind my ear to indicate I was having trouble hearing — and it worked!
He stopped talking and walked over to get the mic. It was a clip on and he was struggling to make it work. Someone called out from the class, “You don’t need it. We can hear you,” but to his credit, he kept fumbling with it.
“I saw some folks that were having trouble,” he said, and continued working until he succeeded. He then continued his lecture with a smile on both his face and mine. I was grateful for his efforts and his tact in not singling me out in his response.
Continue reading on HHTM for ways you can help advocate for using microphones in all meetings, large and small.