Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Woman's rare condition means she can't hear men's voices

Woman's rare condition means she can't hear men's voices

Before she went to bed one evening, she experienced nausea and a ringing in her ears. This condition renders patients unable to hear higher-pitched voices, like those of women and children.

And while for many people reading this, the idea of not hearing men talk is quite appealing - think politics, husbands etc - the condition itself can be quite serious. After thinking she could sleep it off, she awoke next to her boyfriend, unable to hear him.

The woman from Xiamen, on China's east coast, knew something was wrong when she woke up and couldn't hear her boyfriend's voice, MailOnline reported citing AsiaWire.

Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, a specialist at Qianpu Hospital, diagnosed Ms. Chen with a rare form of low-frequency hearing damage known as reverse-slope hearing loss.

Reverse-slope hearing loss can occur due to a lack of sleep or physical stress which Dr Xiaoqing believes is the case, but can also be due to genetics.

Anyone who suffers from low-frequency hearing loss, generally, can't hear noises that have a frequency of 2,000 Hz or below.

Bizarre Ear Condition Makes Woman Unable to Hear Men's Voices

Luckily, with treatment, Ms. Chen is expected to make a full recovery, according to the DailyMail Online.

It is not easy to treat RSHL as most health care professionals are trained to treat high-frequency loss. In this condition, the plot of the audiogram runs from the upper-left-hand corner of the graph and travels downwards like a ski-slope.

The rare condition is present in almost 13,000 hearing loss patients, and stress can be a factor. This can put sufferers in danger, as they may not hear noises like oncoming cars.

This kind of low frequency hearing loss is said to be caused by a number of different things such as Wolfram Syndrome 1, Meniere's disease, Mondini dysplasi and sudden hearing loss.

This condition hinders Chen's ability to hear low frequency sounds, such as the average grown man's voice. This can be caused by general anesthetic, a perilymphatic fistula (an abnormal opening in the ear), and intracranial hypertension, caused by pressure in the central nervous system.

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