The 23-year-old Grammy winner went on The Ellen Show this week to preform and discuss her second vocal surgery, which prevented her from talking for three months.
“I really couldn’t talk since December,” she said. “It was like three months of vocal rest.”
Trainer said she used text messaging and sign language finger spelling to communicate while she couldn’t talk.
“The real trooper was my boyfriend because he learned sign language for me,” she said. “I would spell out words for him and I’d get really frustrated … He just stuck with me through it. He was great.”
More and more musicians – both hearing and non-hearing – are using sign language to communicate their art. Sign language music videos are increasing accessibility to those who are hard of hearing, as well as display the beauty of the language.
In the hearing loss community, sign language is one of the major forms of communication used. It is often used instead of spoken English in Deaf communities, as some people with hearing loss have been brought up solely using sign language to communicate with family or friends.
Of course, even those with normal or limited hearing can also learn this wonderful, expressive language! Here are 10 easy methods to learn sign language