Woman Suffers Rare Medical Condition Rendering her Unable to Hear Men's Voices

Headphones hearing loss

Headphones hearing loss

Only identified by her last name, Chen woke up one morning and could no longer hear her boyfriend speak.

Chen could no longer hear low frequencies, including her boyfriend, and other males', speaking voices.

According to doctor, Chen could hear everything but can't hear the voice of a young men patient who walked into the room.

It took a team of doctors a while to link her weird symptoms to a disorder, but they were eventually able to diagnose called "reverse-slope hearing loss", which means she is only able to hear high frequencies.

Doctors believe the condition was brought on by stress, as Ms. Chen had worked late and was not sleeping enough before her hearing deteriorated. Chen is expected to receive her complete hearing back soon with the medic monitoring her recovery.

Patients who suffer from RSHL can hear and women clearly, but not men. This condition renders patients unable to hear higher-pitched voices, like those of women and children.

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It can be caused by genetics, meaning people have never been able to hear lower sounds - such as the hum of a fridge. 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.

The good news is that when RSHL is detected quickly, chances are good that the hearing loss can be reversed, Kraskin said.

Only around 3,000 people in north America are affected by the rare condition. Because of this, she lost her ability to hear low-frequency sounds, such as those of deep male voices.

Low frequency hearing loss can be very risky for people as it can affect their ability to hear things like the low hum of an oncoming auto.

Although there are a number of causes of reverse-slope hearing losses, the most common causes are genetic abnormalities, Wolfram syndrome and Mondini dysplasia. Autoimmune disorders that affect the inner ear - which are thought to occur in about 1 percent of the USA population - may also be a cause of RSHL, Clark said. This can be caused by general anesthetic, a perilymphatic fistula (an abnormal opening in the ear), and intracranial hypertension, caused by pressure in the central nervous system.

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