Woman with Rare Condition Couldn’t Hear Male Voices

Woman with Rare Condition Couldn’t Hear Male Voices

The woman from Xiamen, on China's east coast, knew something was wrong when she woke up and couldn't hear her boyfriend's voice, MailOnline reported citing AsiaWire. The woman, who's since been identified as Ms. Chen, had gone to bed with ringing in her ears, only to wake up to her silent boyfriend.

A woman in China suddenly developed an unusual condition that made her unable to hear male voices.

Ms Chen went straight to the hospital, where she was seen by a ear, nose, and throat specialist.

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.

It sounds unbelievable but a rare condition called Low-Frequency Hearing Loss cuts off deeper sounds. According to doctors, stress may be the reason behind this condition of Chen.

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Chen said she'd been putting her body under a lot of pressure and not looking after herself recently. RSHL is the opposite, hence its name, reverse-slope hearing loss. This explains why hearing loss more often affects our ability to hear higher-pitched sounds than lower-pitched ones, she said. The term describes the shape of a hearing test audiogram of those who can't hear low frequencies. "Doctors will call it hearing loss, I call it evolution", wrote one person on Twitter.

The good news is that when RSHL is detected quickly, chances are good that the hearing loss can be reversed, Kraskin said.

Only around 3,000 people in north America are affected by the rare condition. Aside from being unable to hear the low-frequency voices of men, those suffering from the condition may not be able to hear things like cars driving by, which could put them in danger.

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.

To clarify, the woman can only hear voices belonging to other women. A range of factors can cause hearing loss, including hereditary diseases, infections, certain drugs, aging, and exposure to loud noises.

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