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

Leslie Hanson
January 11, 2019

The most common type of hearing loss, on the other hand, is characterized by loss of sounds at higher frequencies and is referred to as high-frequency hearing loss, according to the Thigpen Hearing Center.

The Daily Mail reports that one night, Chen went to bed after feeling nauseated and experiencing ringing in her ears.

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. After thinking she could sleep it off, she awoke next to her boyfriend, unable to hear him.

The doctors believe the condition - called reverse-slope hearing loss, or low-frequency hearing loss - was brought on by stress, as Ms Chen had been working late under stressful conditions and wasn't getting enough sleep before her hearing suddenly deteriorated.

A rare ear condition has left a woman only able to hear women's voices. She expects this will be the case for Chen, meaning her reprieve from the male voice may be short lived.


Anyone who suffers from low-frequency hearing loss, generally, can't hear noises that have a frequency of 2,000 Hz or below. In reverse-sloping hearing loss, the shape of the audiogram runs in the opposite direction.

The rare condition is present in almost 13,000 hearing loss patients, and stress can be a factor. This can put them in danger, as they may not hear low noises like oncoming cars.

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.

Any damage to the cells can impact a person's hearing because the hair cells make the sound travel from the outer ear to the brain.

According to the World Health Organization, around 466 million people across the world are affected by some kind of hearing loss. A range of factors can cause hearing loss, including hereditary diseases, infections, certain drugs, aging, and exposure to loud noises.

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