In an interview with In Touch, on newsstands now, Dancing With the Stars contestant Nyle DiMarco opens up about how he hasn’t allowed being born deaf to hold him back — especially on the dance floor.

“I’ve always thought I could do anything. Growing up, my mom used to say ‘challenge’ was my middle name,” Nyle says via an interpreter. “I sailed the whole East Coast. I traveled the world alone. Being deaf doesn’t make a difference to me.”

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Nyle confesses that he had no previous experience in dance before this opportunity.

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“When they asked me to be on the show, I was scared! I had bad dreams about it. I was like, ‘Can I do this?!’”

“This is new for me, but I’ve never felt any barriers or limitations — and I love a challenge!” says the single star, who’s proficient in sign language and lipreading.

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A challenge indeed. Nyle admits that he dances without hearing any music or vibration.

“During rehearsal, we turned the music up and I felt the vibration, but I wasn’t used to it and felt off,” he explains. “So I prefer not to hear anything at all. I just let my partner, Peta [Murgatroyd], hear everything, and she can lead me.”

For the full interview with Nyle DiMarco, pick up the latest issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!

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