I found that putting the phone next to something for the sound to echo off of works good. You just point the speaker outlet towards something and it gets pretty loud.
I mostly use my headphones when listening to music. The hole is a good idea. I always wondered why they made the sound go through a maze before you get to hear it. Just lets dust in.
Life is like a movie, you've sat through half of it and its sucked so far, it probably isn't gonna get great right at the end to make it all worthwhile. you shouldn't get blamed for walking out early