Applause expresses appreciation or approval. In hearing Western culture, they typically clap with the palms of their hands. Sound-oriented.
In American Deaf culture, as visually-oriented, Deaf people ususally wave their hands in the air. This Deaf applause (waving in the air) began in the 1980s. To this day, it has been widely prevalent in the Deaf world.
Sometimes, Deaf people can be creative with applause variations. It can be clapping in the air above head, or alternatively clapping with palms and waving hands. This can be sometimes said half-jokedly as 'bilingual'.
In most cases, it's both hands waving in the air.
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