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I find that most people have tendency to say most blessings (on food, going to the bathroom etc.) quietly to themselves. This may preclude others from having a chance to answer amen afterwards. Is the proper course of action to say all blessings aloud so that others can answer amen or should blessings be said in an undertone?

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Whatever best helps your kavana. – Double AA Sep 12 '12 at 19:17
    
IMHO kavana is helped by saying them deliberately and aloud. I know we don't mean it literally but the idea of people saying blessings "to themselves" worries me. We should be directing them to HaShem! – Avrohom Yitzchok Sep 12 '12 at 21:23
    
@AvrohomYitzchok Tell that to Channa. – Double AA Sep 13 '12 at 5:59
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Don't overdo it on saying it aloud though. It can come off as "look at me". Use a voice loud enough for the person next to you perhaps, but no louder. i.e. ordinary quiet speech volume. – Ariel Sep 13 '12 at 6:36

One should say blessings aloud (source coming soon, b'li neder, but I think it's Sefer HaBeracha WeHilchotea). However if one knows that the people around him won't answer amen he should say it quietly (Ben Ish Hai).

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The Ben Ish Chai shana alef parshas Balak halacha 2 says that it should be loud enough that the ears can hear it. – sam Aug 20 '13 at 5:09
    
That's a separate issue. – Hacham Gabriel Aug 20 '13 at 11:40
    
What if you have always said it quietly and your partner has never said Amen? Is it considered that you know that they won't say it, and therefore a reason not to start saying the blessing aloud? – SAH Apr 22 at 1:49

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