Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Woman unable to hear male voices over rare medical condition

Woman unable to hear male voices over rare medical condition

Imagine having a legitimate reason for not hearing your partner say, "Tonight, you're on dishes".

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. Chen went to Qianpu Hospital in the city and met an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT).

A Chinese woman's rare health condition has reportedly rendered her unable to hear the voices of males - including her own boyfriend. Her doctor was a woman.

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

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.


In North America, only about 3,000 people are diagnosed with this super-rare condition. That is just one in every 12,000 incidents of hearing loss.

What do you think about this odd form of hearing loss? That can include the voices of women and children, which tend to be higher pitched than male voices.

Before she went to bed, the woman says she heard ringing in her ears and vomited. 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.

Although there are a number of causes of reverse-slope hearing losses, the most common causes are genetic abnormalities, Wolfram syndrome and Mondini dysplasia. A range of factors can cause hearing loss, including hereditary diseases, infections, certain drugs, aging, and exposure to loud noises. It can also be caused by changes in the pressure of the fluid in the inner ear, endolymph, which itself can be the result of spinal or general anesthesia, intracranial hypertension, and a perilymphatic fistula.

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