Woman unable to hear male voices over rare medical condition

The diagnosis was a type of hearing loss which means she can't hear lower frequencies

The diagnosis was a type of hearing loss which means she can't hear lower frequencies

And while for many people reading this, the idea of not hearing men talk is quite appealing - think politics, husbands etc - the condition itself can be quite serious.

After Chen went to a specialist ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) she was diagnosed with a condition called "reverse-slope hearing loss".

The patient identified as Chen, from the city Xiamen, on the east coast of China, told the doctors that she woke up one day to find she was unable to hear her voices of men, including her boyfriend.

In a freaky situation, a Chinese woman has been diagnosed with a type of hearing loss in which she is unable to hear the voices of men and can only higher frequency tones of other females.

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.

As for why Chen suffered the loss, Dr. Xiaoqing is unsure, but believes it was brought on by stress and long days of working.

One person's medical condition is every woman's dream.

High-frequency hearing loss, where sufferers are unable to hear the voices of women or children, is more common. She expects this will be the case for Chen, meaning her reprieve from the male voice may be short lived. 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.

Only around 3,000 people in north America are affected by the rare condition.

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 be caused by inner ear hair cells getting damaged.

Low frequency hearing loss can be very risky for people as it can affect their ability to hear things like the low hum of an oncoming vehicle.

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

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