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Women Develops Rare Condition That Leaves Her Unable To Hear Men

Headphones hearing loss Bizarre Ear Condition Makes Woman Unable to Hear Men's Voices
Gustavo Carr | 11 January, 2019, 20:53

According to reports, Chen had experience ringing in the ear and vomiting the night before and her doctors attributed it to stress and a lack of sleep.

In a freaky situation, a Chinese woman has been diagnosed with a type of hearing loss in which she is unable to hear the voices of men and can only higher frequency tones of other females.

That is what happened to a woman called Chen from Xiamen, a port city on the southeast coast of China, according to The Daily Mail.

The rare condition is present in almost 13,000 hearing loss patients, and stress can be a factor.

One person's medical condition is every woman's dream. After Dr. Lin Xiaoqing checked out her symptoms, she was able to identify that she could not hear deeper voices due to their lower frequencies.

"She was able to hear me when I spoke to her, but when a young male patient walked in, she couldn't hear him at all,"' said Dr Xiaoqing. However, in Ms. Chen's case, Dr. Xiaoqing thinks that stress may have caused the sudden loss of hearing. Less often, a shift in the pressure of ear fluid can trigger reverse-sloping hearing loss.

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It is not easy to treat RSHL as most health care professionals are trained to treat high-frequency loss.

As well as struggling to hear low-frequency voices, those with the condition can find it tough to make out voices on the phone, as well as noises like the hum of the fridge or thunder.

Genetic condition including Mondini dysplasia-where the cochlea is incomplete-can cause reverse-sloping hearing loss, as well as diseases which affect the hair cells in the inner ear, like Ménière's.

Low frequency hearing loss can be very risky for people as it can affect their ability to hear things like the low hum of an oncoming vehicle. That figure is expected to rise to over 900 million by 2050.

Ms Chen was diagnosed with reverse-slope hearing loss (or low-frequency hearing loss), a condition which is said to affect nearly one in 13,000 people with hearing problems.