Imagine having a legitimate reason for not hearing your partner say, "Tonight, you're on dishes".
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. After thinking she could sleep it off, she awoke next to her boyfriend, unable to hear him.
She rushed to a hospital in the city of Xiamen, on the east coast of China, and saw ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr Lin Xiaoqing.
The female doctor who treated Chen said that she was able to hear her without any problem but she was unable to hear aything which was said by a young male patient.
As for why Chen suffered the loss, Dr. Xiaoqing is unsure, but believes it was brought on by stress and long days of working. The term describes the shape of a hearing test audiogram of those who can't hear low frequencies.
To clarify, the woman can only hear voices belonging to other women.
Woman's rare condition means she can't hear men's voices
Luckily, Dr. Xiaoqing said Ms. Chen is expected to make a full recovery with some rest.
High-frequency hearing loss is much more common and generally means people struggle to, or can't hear the voices of women and children.
According to the Daily Mail, only 13,000 people are affected by this hearing condition in the world. This can put them in danger, as they may not hear low noises like oncoming cars.
Reverse-slope hearing loss (RSHL) affects mainly the lower frequencies and genetic is one of its main causes. 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. A range of factors can cause hearing loss, including hereditary diseases, infections, certain drugs, aging, and exposure to loud noises.
The extremely unusual condition, which reportedly affects only about 3,000 people in the United States of America and Canada, causes patients to lose their ability to hear low-frequency sounds, including average male voices.
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