Woman Can't Hear Men's Voices Because Of Rare Condition

Henrietta Strickland
Января 11, 2019

Reverse-sloping hearing loss is a form of sensorineural hearing loss.

The Daily Mail reports that one night, Chen went to bed after feeling nauseated and experiencing ringing in her ears.

The patient identified as Chen, from the city Xiamen, on the east coast of China, told the doctors that she woke up one day to find she was unable to hear her voices of men, including her boyfriend.

A Chinese woman's rare health condition has reportedly rendered her unable to hear the voices of males - including her own boyfriend.

She went to the hospital and saw ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr Lin Xiaoqing.

The female doctor who treated Chen said that she was able to hear her without any problem but she was unable to hear aything which was said by a young male patient.

But Dr Xiaoqing said Chen may have developed the condition duo to fatigue and stress after Chen said she'd been getting stressed and losing sleep over working too much.

To clarify, the woman can only hear voices belonging to other women. It's so rare that only one in almost 13,000 patients with hearing issues are affected.

If you haven't heard of it (and we hadn't either) it's called reverse-sloping hearing loss because of the shape of a hearing test audiogram of those who can't hear low frequencies - it looks the opposite of a ski slope, starting in the lower-left-hand corner and sloping upward steeply.

Any damage to the cells can impact a person's hearing because the hair cells make the sound travel from the outer ear to the brain.

Low frequency hearing loss can be very unsafe for people as it can affect their ability to hear things like the low hum of an oncoming auto. By 2050, that figure is expected to hit over 900 million. A range of factors can cause hearing loss, including hereditary diseases, infections, certain drugs, aging, and exposure to loud noises.

It was eventually established that Chen has reverse-slope hearing loss, meaning she is unable to hear the sound of lower frequencies, namely, men's voices.

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