A woman in China is in the headlines of a rare type of temporary auditory condition that makes her unable to hear low frequencies, such as men's voices. According to the Daily Mail, the patient, who only identified herself as Ms. Chen, woke up one morning and could not hear her boyfriend talk.
Chen went directly to Qianpu Hospital, where she was attended by an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, who treated Chen, told reporters: "She could hear me when I spoke to her, but when a young patient came in, she could not hear it at all."
The night before, Chen felt nauseated and suffered a buzzing in his ears. She was also under a lot of stress, working late and not getting enough sleep. Chen thought about it a bit and went to sleep as usual before waking up with the condition.
Initially, the doctors were confused by his symptoms, but finally he was diagnosed with a "reverse slope hearing loss, in which he could only hear high frequencies."
El Correo reports that the condition only affects one in every 13,000 patients with hearing problems. It is also difficult to diagnose because patients and doctors may not know that it exists.
Xiaoqing believes that fatigue and excess stress may have contributed to Chen's hearing loss and hopes that he will recover completely.