No. For almost all applications (the ones submitted on or after September 26, 2008), at some point after your hearing, the administrative law judge will file a written recommendation to the Board to grant or deny you a good cause exception.
The Board will meet to decide whether to accept the recommendation; at this meeting, the Board will decide whether to grant or deny your application. About 20 days before the meeting, you will receive a written notice that lets you know when and where the Board will be meeting. This notice will explain that you may submit written objections and new evidence if you disagree with the hearing officer's recommendation; the notice will also provide a deadline for you to file your objections or evidence.
You will be able to attend the Board's meeting, but you are not required to attend. If you do choose to attend, you will not be given an opportunity to speak. You will only be allowed to attend silently.