Woman Wakes Up Unable To Hear Men's Voices

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 11, 2019

The Daily Mail reports that one night, Chen went to bed after feeling nauseated and experiencing ringing in her ears. After thinking she could sleep it off, she awoke next to her boyfriend, unable to hear him.

The woman from Xiamen, on China's east coast, knew something was wrong when she woke up and couldn't hear her boyfriend's voice, MailOnline reported citing AsiaWire.

She took herself to Qianpu Hospital, in the city of Xiamen, East China, and quickly realised she could hear her female doctor's voice perfectly.

Dr Lin Xiaoqing treated Chen and told local sources when she arrived at the hospital she could hear everything the female specialist said. According to doctors, stress may be the reason behind this condition of Chen.

To clarify, the woman can only hear voices belonging to other women. 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.

Only around 3,000 people in north America are affected by the rare condition.

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.

Reverse-slope hearing loss (RSHL) affects mainly the lower frequencies and genetic is one of its main causes. This can put them in danger, as they may not hear low noises like oncoming cars. She expects Chen to make a full recovery, a fate that some people may argue is more of a curse. Less often, a shift in the pressure of ear fluid can trigger reverse-sloping hearing loss. That figure is expected to rise to over 900 million by 2050.

It wasn't long before Chen was diagnosed with an auditory condition called reverse-slope hearing loss (or RSHL), which refers to the patient's inability to hear low frequencies.

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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