Signed English is a helpful tool used to fill in the blanks in understanding caused by hearing loss. Simple hand and finger signs can replace or augment difficult-to-understand words in conversation, thereby helping to reduce the number of times you have to repeat yourself or ask others to repeat themselves.
Signed English is not American Sign Language (ASL), though! Using Signed English helps you to communicate in English using the same grammar and word order you use in spoken language. ASL is a different language altogether.
According to the Canadian Hearing Society, one out of every four adult Canadians has some form of hearing loss, and only 10% of these people identify themselves as either Deaf, deafened, oral deaf or hard of hearing.
(CHS Awareness Survey, 2002)