“Ahh, music to my ears,” said every woman ever.
In Xiamen, China, a woman has developed a rare condition that has left her unable to hear men’s voices.
Identified only as Ms Chen, she claimed that she went to sleep one night feeling nauseated and experiencing ringing in her ears. When she woke up, she couldn’t hear her boyfriend speak.
At the hospital, Chen consulted ears, nose, and throat specialist Dr Lin Xiaoqing, who recalled: “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.”
As it turns out, Chen had developed an auditory condition called reverse-slope hearing loss (or RSHL), which makes her unable to hear low-frequency sounds – this includes male voices as well as thunder, the humming of a car, and voices over the phone.
According to the Thigpen Hearing Center, some 3,000 people in the US and Canada have the same condition.
The doctor attributed Chen’s RSHL to stress and a lack of sleep, but also expects her to make a full recovery soon.
Until then, she can enjoy a world without catcalling and mansplaining!