Woman unable to hear male voices over rare medical condition

Laverne Higgins
January 13, 2019

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.

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".

A specialist diagnosed her with reverse-slope hearing loss, in which she could only hear high frequencies.

She diagnosed her with "low-frequency hearing loss", or reverse-slope hearing loss, explaining why she was unable to hear deeper sounds. In Chen's case, Dr. Xiaoqing believes that the fatigue and stress brought on by her long work hours may have triggered the problem. As such, Chen is expected to make a full recovery once she has had ample rest.

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Those with the condition typically have trouble hearing low-frequency sounds.

All joking aside, if you're suffering from any kind of hearing loss, be sure to seek out a physician immediately. Sufferers may have symptoms like finding it hard to understand people on the phone, due to the lower frequency, and being unable to hear things like the hum of a refrigerator.

The site says an estimated 3,000 people in the US are affected - so just one out of every 12,000 cases of hearing loss. This can put sufferers in danger, as they may not hear noises like oncoming cars.

Reverse-slope hearing loss (RSHL) gets its name from the shape it produces in visualizations of hearing tests - a slope that is a mirror image of the incline produced by high-frequency hearing loss, according to audiology clinic Audiology HEARS, P.C. This can be caused by general anesthetic, a perilymphatic fistula (an abnormal opening in the ear), and intracranial hypertension, caused by pressure in the central nervous system.

Though it might be amusing to imagine a world in which male voices are nonexistent, hearing loss is no laughing matter, Clark said.

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