Friday, 18 January, 2019

Woman unable to hear men's voices due to rare condition, report says

What Women Want Bizarre Ear Condition Makes Woman Unable to Hear Men's Voices
Melissa Porter | 11 January, 2019, 23:21

But when she woke up she panicked when she realised she was unable to hear her boyfriend talking to her.

After Chen went to a specialist ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) she was diagnosed with a condition called "reverse-slope hearing loss".

In a freaky situation, a Chinese woman has been diagnosed with a type of hearing loss in which she is unable to hear the voices of men and can only higher frequency tones of other females. "But when a young male patient walked in, she couldn't hear him at all".

While the scenario sounds like a bizarro version of What Women Want, Chen is actually unable to hear deeper tones due to a rare condition called "reverse-slope hearing loss".

The doctor in unsure of the cause, but believes the condition was brought on by stress.

Chen reportedly said she has recently been under a lot of stress and not getting an adequate amount of sleep, which Xiaoqing said could have been a contributing factor. This explains why hearing loss more often affects our ability to hear higher-pitched sounds than lower-pitched ones, she said. And while that might seem enviable to some, the hearing loss could carry serious medical repercussions. Because of the way it is shaped on an audiogram - a diagonal slope from the top left-hand corner to the bottom right-hand corner - it gets its name, ski-slope.

The extremely unusual condition, which reportedly affects only about 3,000 people in the US and Canada, causes patients to lose their ability to hear low-frequency sounds, including average male voices.

The good news is that when RSHL is detected quickly, chances are good that the hearing loss can be reversed, Kraskin said. This can put sufferers in danger, as they may not hear noises like oncoming cars. That figure is expected to rise to over 900 million by 2050. 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. Sudden hearing loss, Ménière's disease and viral infection are also identified as causes of RSHL.