Woman suddenly can't hear any male voices overnight

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

A Chinese woman's rare health condition has reportedly rendered her unable to hear the voices of males - including her own boyfriend.

But when she woke up she panicked when she realised she was unable to hear her boyfriend talking to her.

She said she had suffered from nausea and ringing in her ears the night before, and thought a good night's sleep would be the cure.

Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, a specialist at Qianpu Hospital, diagnosed Ms. Chen with a rare form of low-frequency hearing damage known as reverse-slope hearing loss.

Reverse-slope hearing loss can occur due to a lack of sleep or physical stress which Dr Xiaoqing believes is the case, but can also be due to genetics.

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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.

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

"She was able to hear me when I spoke to her, but when a young male patient walked in, she couldn't hear him at all", Dr. Xiaoqing says in a story with the Daily Mail.

The ENT specialist revealed it is important to treat such symptoms quickly, adding that she expects Chen to make a full recovery. Because of the way it is shaped on an audiogram - a diagonal slope from the top left-hand corner to the bottom right-hand corner - it gets its name, ski-slope.

Genetic condition including Mondini dysplasia-where the cochlea is incomplete-can cause reverse-sloping hearing loss, as well as diseases which affect the hair cells in the inner ear, like Ménière's. It's not just male voices they struggle with but any particularly low sound, including voices over the phone, the hum of a auto, and thunder. This can put them in danger, as they may not hear low noises like oncoming cars. 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.

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