Woman With Rare Medical Condition Can’t Hear Men’s Voices

A woman in China has been diagnosed with a rare form of hearing loss that renders her unable to hear the voices of men, only women.It sounds like the premise of an article in The Onion, but according to The Daily Mail, the woman who has only been identified by her last name, Chen, woke up to find she couldn’t hear her boyfriend speaking. She went to a hospital in Xiamen, where she was able to hear every word the female doctor said, but she couldn’t hear the voice of a male patient when he

A woman in China has been diagnosed with a rare form of hearing loss that renders her unable to hear the voices of men, only women.

It sounds like the premise of an article in The Onion, but according to The Daily Mail, the woman who has only been identified by her last name, Chen, woke up to find she couldn't hear her boyfriend speaking. She went to a hospital in Xiamen, where she was able to hear every word the female doctor said, but she couldn't hear the voice of a male patient when he walked in. The doctor diagnosed her with reverse-slope hearing loss, which means she can't hear low frequency sounds -- and male voices tend to be low frequency sounds. The condition only occurs in one in every 12,000 cases of hearing loss.

RSHL can be caused by genetics, diseases affecting the hair cells or a change of pressure in inner ear fluids. However, after Chen told her doctor she had been working late recently and had ringing in her ears the night before, her doctor told her stress could have contributed to the condition. He doctor expects her to fully recover.

The most common type of hearing loss is ski slope hearing loss, which is the exact opposite of the condition Chen suffers from -- usually, those with hearing loss are unable to hear high frequency sounds.