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

Woman wakes up to discover she is deaf to male voices

Woman wakes up to discover she is deaf to 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 woman, who's since been identified as Ms. Chen, had gone to bed with ringing in her ears, only to wake up to her silent boyfriend. She knew something wasn't quite right when she woke up one morning to find she couldn't hear a word her boyfriend was saying.

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.

This meant she was unable to hear lower-frequency sounds, including the average male voice.

In Chen's case, her doctor said that stress from working late and losing sleep caused Chen's low-frequency hearing decline, adding that rest would soon fully restore the woman's hearing, Newsweek reported. Indeed, autoimmune conditions in the inner ear can cause balance problems that may lead to vomiting - a symptom that Chen described to her doctor, Clark noted.

Anyone who suffers from low frequency hearing loss, generally, can't hear noises that have a frequency of 2,000 Hz or below.

What do you think about this unusual form of hearing loss? In the US and Canada, specifically, the condition affects roughly 3,000 people.

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. In this condition, the plot of the audiogram runs from the upper-left-hand corner of the graph and travels downwards like a ski-slope.

Although there are a number of causes of reverse-slope hearing losses, the most common causes are genetic abnormalities, Wolfram syndrome and Mondini dysplasia. By 2050, that figure is expected to hit over 900 million.

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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