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Virtual meetings are often considered to be a more inclusive alternative to in-person scientific conferences (see R. Joo Nature598, 257 (2021) and Nature598, 221–223; 2021). They might indeed benefit some disabled participants, such as those who use wheelchairs. But in my experience as a legally deaf researcher, too many conference organizers overlook the needs of people with impaired hearing who must rely on lip-reading, signing or subtitles for comprehension.