Women Develops Rare Condition That Leaves Her Unable To Hear Men

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The woman, who is identified only by the surname Chen, visited a hospital after waking up one morning and being unable to hear her boyfriend's voice, Newsweek reportedyesterday (Jan. 10). She knew something wasn't quite right when she woke up one morning to find she couldn't hear a word her boyfriend was saying.

Ms Chen went straight to the hospital, where she was seen by a ear, nose, and throat specialist.

Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, a woman doctor who treated Ms Chen, said the patient was able to hear her when she spoke but couldn't hear a male patient.

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An ENT specialist eventually determined she had reverse-slop hearing loss, which prevents her from hearing deeper sounds.

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.

Dr. Xiaoqing said Ms. Chen is expected make a full recovery with some rest.

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

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

This kind of low frequency hearing loss is said to be caused by a number of different things such as Wolfram Syndrome 1, Meniere's disease, Mondini dysplasi and sudden hearing loss. 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. 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.

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