Estafani and Oscar, who are both deaf, also have two deaf children, and consider it a blessing that they can share their culture together.
Oscar was born hearing but became deaf at five years old and now has cochlear implants, Estafani and their daughter were both born deaf, and their son was born deaf (hard of hearing).
The deaf family of four, known as “That Deaf Family,” has gone viral on TikTok. In their videos, they share what it’s like raising deaf kids and the joys of teaching them American Sign Language (ASL).
As soon as they learned their son was deaf, they began teaching him ASL and sign to him every day. He already knows the sign for “milk,” and gets so excited when he sees his parents signing it. At nine months old, he finally signed milk on his own.
Since Estafani and Oscar can’t hear, they have a special device that lets them know when their baby is crying. Instead of it being a regular audio monitor, it sends vibrations and flashing lights.
“Oscar and I grew up in hearing families, and so, you know, we weren’t real close with our families,” Estafani told GMA. “We felt neglected, isolated, left out. We didn’t really understand what everybody else did, they didn’t understand my culture.”
Now that they have their own children, who are deaf like them, they feel blessed to share that unique bond and culture together.
Hear more of their inspiring story in the video below: