Girl with Uncommon Situation Couldn't Hear Male Voices

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

According to the report, the woman - identified only by her last name, Chen - experienced nausea and ringing in her ears one night.

Patients who suffer from RSHL can hear and women clearly, but not men.

Concerned, she went to the hospital where doctors attempted to diagnose the freakish symptoms.

Bizarre Ear Condition Makes Woman Unable to Hear Men's Voices
Woman's rare condition means she can't hear men's voices

According to the Daily Mail, she made the discovery after she woke up one morning and couldn't hear her boyfriend talking.

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.

In what nearly sounds like an excuse not to listen to her boyfriend, a woman in China has been diagnosed with a rare condition that makes her unable to hear the sound of men's voices, but can hear women just fine. Similarly, at the clinic of ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, Chen could hear her voice but not the voice of a male patient at all. After thinking she could sleep it off, she awoke next to her boyfriend, unable to hear him.

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Imagine having a legitimate reason for not hearing your partner say, "Tonight, you're on dishes".

Doctors said that stress could have contributed to the condition.

In North America, only about 3,000 people are diagnosed with this super-rare condition. In the US and Canada, specifically, the condition affects roughly 3,000 people. It is hard to detect, as both patients and medical professionals are often unaware of the condition.

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Compared to common hearing loss that is often characterized by loss of sounds at higher frequencies, RSHL is the opposite and instead affects low-frequency sounds.

Dr. Xiaoqing said Ms. Chen is expected make a full recovery with some rest.

The doctors believe the condition - called reverse-slope hearing loss, or low-frequency hearing loss - was brought on by stress, as Ms Chen had been working late under stressful conditions and wasn't getting enough sleep before her hearing suddenly deteriorated.

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