Woman Suffers Rare Medical Condition Rendering her Unable to Hear Men's Voices

Woman Can't Hear Her Boyfriend's Voice Because Of A Rare Condition. Credit AsiaWire

Woman Can't Hear Her Boyfriend's Voice Because Of A Rare Condition. Credit AsiaWire

A rare ear condition has left a woman only able to hear women's voices.

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.

Before she went to bed one evening, she experienced nausea and a ringing in her ears.

She rushed to a hospital in the city of Xiamen, on the east coast of China, and saw ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr Lin Xiaoqing. When she woke up, she couldn't hear her boyfriend's voice.

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.

She took herself to Qianpu Hospital, in the city of Xiamen, East China, and quickly realised she could hear her female doctor's voice perfectly. Less often, a shift in the pressure of ear fluid can trigger reverse-sloping hearing loss.

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

High-frequency hearing loss, where sufferers are unable to hear the voices of women or children, is more common. Because of the way it is shaped on an audiogram - a diagonal slope from the top left-hand corner to the bottom right-hand corner - it gets its name, 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.

According to the World Health Organization, some 466 million people across the world are affected by some form of disabling hearing loss. That figure is expected to rise to over 900 million by 2050. A range of factors can cause hearing loss, including hereditary diseases, infections, certain drugs, aging, and exposure to loud noises.

Xiaoqing diagnosed Chen with "low-frequency hearing loss", a rare condition that cuts off deeper, lower-frequency sounds.

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