HELPING HANDS: Bartender Leah Mackie has learned to sign bar-specific words, the alphabet and the lyrics to a few songs so she can communicate with her hearing-impaired patrons at H Street Country Club in Northeast. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HELPING HANDS: Bartender Leah Mackie has learned to sign bar-specific words, the alphabet and the lyrics to a few songs so she can communicate with her hearing-impaired patrons at H Street Country Club in Northeast. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)