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Deaf singer amazes crowd, blows judges away on 'America's Got Talent'

Deaf singer amazes crowd, blows judges away on 'America's Got Talent'

She lost her hearing about 10 years ago due to a connective tissue disorder.

She relearned to sing using muscle memory and visual tuners.

Deaf singer Mandy Harvey on "America's Got Talent".

But she loved music - she's been singing since she was four - so she found a way to get back into it.

The 29-year-old took the stage as her interpreter stood next to the judges, translating what they were saying into sign language.

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She performed a song she had written, titled "Try".

"Mandy, I don't think you're going to need a translator for this", Cowell said as he hit his golden buzzer. It is her will and courage to triumph against physical disorder, which is the point she makes in her awesome song, "Try".

At the end of her performance, which received a standing ovation, Cowell lavished Harvey with praise.

"It was incredible. I've done this a long time", Simon said of her performance.

The singer, who went shoeless so that she could feel the tempo and the beat through the floor, then stunned the judges with her ethereal, soulful voice. She was attending college for music, but at the age of 18, she started to notice some pain in her ears. "Just the fact that you are you, but it was your voice, your tone, the song was attractive". Each judge can press the buzzer only once per season and it sends the act straight to the quarterfinals.