Saturday, 19 January, 2019

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

Woman wakes up to discover she is deaf to male voices Woman wakes up to discover she is deaf to male voices
Ben Pena | 12 January, 2019, 21:22

In what nearly sounds like an excuse not to listen to her boyfriend, a woman in China has been diagnosed with a rare condition that makes her unable to hear the sound of men's voices, but can hear women just fine.

It is believed that genetics can cause this condition.

Since a woman's voice is usually high pitched than that of a man, Chen could only hear women.

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

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She is expected to make a full recovery since the symptoms were treated quickly. She had gone to bed with nausea and ringing in her ears the night before. Sufferers may have symptoms like finding it hard to understand people on the phone, due to the lower frequency, and being unable to hear things like the hum of a refrigerator. 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. 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.

Those with the condition typically have trouble hearing low-frequency sounds.

Anyone who suffers from low frequency hearing loss, generally, can't hear noises that have a frequency of 2,000 Hz or below. 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.

According to the World Health Organization, around 466 million people across the world are affected by some kind of hearing loss.

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

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