Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Woman unable to hear male voices over rare medical condition

Woman unable to hear male voices over rare medical condition

That's what happened to a woman in China, identified as Ms. Chen. Chen also told doctors that the night before, she experienced ringing in her ears (a condition known as tinnitus) followed by vomiting.

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"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", Dr. Xiaoqing says in a story with the Daily Mail.

Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, a woman doctor who treated Ms Chen, said the patient was able to hear her when she spoke but couldn't hear a male patient.

According to doctors, stress may be the reason behind this condition of Chen.

Chen said she'd been putting her body under a lot of pressure and not looking after herself recently.

If you haven't heard of it (and we hadn't either) it's called reverse-sloping hearing loss because of the shape of a hearing test audiogram of those who can't hear low frequencies - it looks the opposite of a ski slope, starting in the lower-left-hand corner and sloping upward steeply.

It is not easy to treat RSHL as most health care professionals are trained to treat high-frequency loss. Autoimmune disorders that affect the inner ear - which are thought to occur in about 1 percent of the US population - may also be a cause of RSHL, Clark said.

Any damage to the cells can impact a person's hearing because the hair cells make the sound travel from the outer ear to the brain. This can put sufferers in danger, as they may not hear noises like oncoming cars.

Reverse-slope hearing loss can occur due to a lack of sleep or physical stress which Dr Xiaoqing believes is the case, but can also be due to genetics. Instead of waking up with a newfound ability to hear women's thoughts, à la Mel Gibson (or Taraji P. Henson for 2019's gender-switch take on the film), you wake up having lost the ability to hear men, full stop.

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