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Woman suddenly can't hear any male voices overnight

Woman suddenly can't hear any male voices overnight

A Chinese woman has made headlines after she woke up unable to hear male voices, according to The Daily Mail. Before she went to bed one evening, she experienced nausea and a ringing in her ears.

In a weird 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.

Ms Chen went straight to the hospital, where she was seen by a ear, nose, and throat specialist. 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.

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".

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

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What do you think about this unusual form of hearing loss? This explains why hearing loss more often affects our ability to hear higher-pitched sounds than lower-pitched ones, she said.

It is not easy to treat RSHL as most health care professionals are trained to treat high-frequency loss. In the USA and Canada, specifically, the condition affects roughly 3,000 people. 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.

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.

RSHL is the opposite, hence its name, reverse-slope hearing loss. That figure is expected to rise to over 900 million by 2050.

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