I'll be watching for the first time in many years because of Nyle. The Deaf community is very excited and that along with the ANTM crowd and people who watched him on Switched at Birth, he might put together a decent fan base. All he needs to do is last one or two shows because once the audience gets to know him, he could really win over a big following with his sweet and genuine personality.
As far as I know, Marlee Matlin and Nyle are quite different. I believe Nyle is a proud third generation Deaf (or at least second). And I saw a quick video where he said they tried to practice dancing with the volume all the way up and it just threw him off to feel the vibrations. I'm pretty sure he doesn't voice at all and Marlee does. She may have some level of hearing and he may not. There's a wide range of ways to be Deaf, both in how one identifies, how much one is able to hear or not hear and how one chooses to communicate.
And I'm pretty sure that Nyle wouldn't want to be identified as "hearing impaired". He's Deaf and I believe he identifies that way. Some feel that hearing impaired is like calling a Person of Color "non-white", labeling someone in relation to the dominant culture. And it's often seen as negative because, who wants to identify as "impaired"? Obviously, some people are fine with that label but many who are born into Deaf families, have a strong Deaf community and a sense of Deaf Culture are not. They often identify as being part of a linguistic minority as opposed to being disabled.
Most importantly, Nyle is not only a sweety but he's super-hot!! I could just look at him all day and fingers crossed that he's got good rhythm so we can look forward to lots of shirtless Nyle in motion!!