Woman in China wakes to find she can’t hear men’s voices

Pearl Mccarthy
January 12, 2019

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. She knew something wasn't quite right when she woke up one morning to find she couldn't hear a word her boyfriend was saying.

At the hospital, Chen was treated by Dr. Lin Xiaoqing - a woman - who noted that while Chen was able to hear Xiaoqing's voice, she couldn't hear the voice of a nearby male patient "at all", according to Newsweek.

While Ms. Chen was able to hear every word a female ENT said during her appointment, she was unable to pick up on the voice of a young male patient at the hospital, Dr. Xiaoqing said.

After diagnosis it was found that Chen was suffering from reverse-slope hearing loss, in which she could only hear high frequencies.

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

The good news is that when RSHL is detected quickly, chances are good that the hearing loss can be reversed, Kraskin said. This explains why hearing loss more often affects our ability to hear higher-pitched sounds than lower-pitched ones, she said. In reverse-sloping hearing loss, the shape of the audiogram runs in the opposite direction.

According to the Daily Mail, only 13,000 people are affected by this hearing condition in the world. Again according to Thigpen Hearing Center, roughly 3,000 people in the USA and Canada have the condition.

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. Instead of waking up with a newfound ability to hear women's thoughts, à la Mel Gibson (or Taraji P. Henson for 2019's gender-switch take on the film), you wake up having lost the ability to hear men, full stop.

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