mine is a tale of folly but not plight. i could chock it to the wind carrying my voice but i did call out "READY FOR CATCH?!" not "OKAY TAKE!" either way, it was lost, and i'm lucky i'm not paralyzed more broken or dead.
my suggestion is find A (as in one...as in a partner) belayer. communication is just as crucial a lifeline in this game as your ability and your rope.
the distraction of belayers is a problem. giving you neck a rest by dropping your head is one thing but having fun and games down below is another. and the brake should NEVER....ever...be off EVER.
keep tabs on those you see that have lackadaisical habits and help them be more astute. these are your friends. keep them healthy, happy and ambulatory.