Medicine

Woman Wakes Up Unable To Hear Men's Voices

Woman Wakes Up Unable To Hear Men's Voices

Imagine the opposite scenario to What Women Want.

A woman in China is making waves on the internet this week after a story in the Daily Mail revealed that she's developed a rare type of hearing loss in which she can no longer hear men. After thinking she could sleep it off, she awoke next to her boyfriend, unable to hear him.

Presumably, a little unnerved, she checked into Qianpu Hospital to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, where she was able to hear her doctor speak but not, bizarrely, a patient who walked into the room. Instead of waking up with a newfound ability to hear women's thoughts, à la Mel Gibson (or Taraji P. Henson for 2019's gender-switch take on the film), you wake up having lost the ability to hear men, full stop.

Loss of hearing of lower-pitched sounds (which is what Chen experienced) is also less common because the bass-processing portion of the cochlea - a snail-shaped structure deep in the inner ear - is very well protected, said Jackie Clark, a clinical professor with the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, who also wasn't involved with Chen's case.

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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 Thigpen Hearing Center, many people with this condition don't even realize they have it. Again according to Thigpen Hearing Center, roughly 3,000 people in the USA and Canada have the condition.

What do you think about this unusual form of hearing loss?

The Daily Mail reports that one night, Chen went to bed after feeling nauseated and experiencing ringing in her ears. According to audiologyhears.com, reverse slope hearing loss (or RSHL) derives its name from the fact that low frequencies are affected but not high ones. 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. Sudden hearing loss, Ménière's disease and viral infection are also identified as causes of RSHL.


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