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Woman Suffers Rare Medical Condition Rendering her Unable to Hear Men's Voices

11 January 2019, 11:23 | Randall Craig

Woman wakes up to discover she is deaf to male voices

Woman wakes up to discover she is deaf to male voices

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

That is what happened to a woman called Chen from Xiamen, a port city on the southeast coast of China, according to The Daily Mail.

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".

Chen was subsequently diagnosed by an ear, nose and throat specialist with a condition called reverse-slope hearing loss, or RSHL.

The World Health Organization says that about 466 million people around the globe suffer from some form of hearing loss.

She added that she believes the recent stress and exhaustion Ms Chen had been under could have contributed to the condition. In a thread on Twitter, a user named Nayook shared the experience of living with the condition - which she said isn't very fun after all. "The graph starts in the lower-left-hand corner and slopes upward steeply", Audiology Hears writes. And while that might seem enviable to some, the hearing loss could carry serious medical repercussions.

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

As well as struggling to hear low-frequency voices, those with the condition can find it hard to hear voices on the phone properly, as well as low noises like the hum of the fridge or thunder.

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.

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. Less often, a shift in the pressure of ear fluid can trigger reverse-sloping hearing loss.

It has been linked to genetics and can be triggered by certain diseases (for example, Ménière's disease) and viral infections.

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