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

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The patient, who lives in the city of Xiamen in southeastern China, had also experienced ringing in her ears and vomiting the night before the incident. After thinking she could sleep it off, she awoke next to her boyfriend, unable to hear him.

The woman, only publically identified as Ms. Chen, first noticed an issue with her hearing when she woke up one morning and was no longer able to understand her boyfriend's voice, the DailyMail Online reports.

Hong Kong doctors have officially ruled that her loss of hearing is from "low-frequency hearing loss".

The ENT specialist at Qianpu Hospital and female doctor, Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, said: "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". According to doctors, stress may be the reason behind this condition of Chen.

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 ear, nose and throat specialist said that she expected Ms Chen to make a full recovery.

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. It's not just male voices they struggle with but any particularly low sound, including voices over the phone, the hum of a auto, and thunder. 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.

Reverse-slope hearing loss (RSHL) affects mainly the lower frequencies and genetic is one of its main causes.

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. A range of factors can cause hearing loss, including hereditary diseases, infections, certain drugs, aging, and exposure to loud noises.

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