WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman was diagnosed with a rare hearing loss condition when she discovered that she could no longer hear male voices.
- The rare condition called reverse-slope hearing loss (RHSL) affects only around 3,000 individuals in America and Canada.
- It may be caused by factors like genetics, infections during childhood and stress.
Recently, a Chinese woman made the news when she noticed one morning that she can no longer hear her boyfriend’s voice and other male voices.
After an examination by an EENT specialist at Qianpu Hospital, the patient who was identified by her last name Chen was diagnosed with a rare condition called reverse-slope hearing loss (RHSL).
“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,” said her doctor Dr. Lin Xiaoqing.
Typically, people affected with RHSL can hear high-frequency sounds like women and children’s voices, but not lower frequencies like male voices. They also find it difficult to hear the sounds of vehicles, thunder, the humming of refrigerators, and others.
Being it a very rare condition, it only affects roughly 3,000 people in the U.S. and Canada, that is, one case of RHSL for every 12,000 hearing loss cases.
Possible causes may include genetics; RHSL being inherited through a dominant gene. Severe childhood diseases and infections are also suspected to set off the hearing loss. Another possible cause identified is the changing pressure of a fluid in the inner ear.
In addition, some cases have connected hearing loss to high levels of physical stress or a lack of sleep. It is believed by Dr. Xiaoqing that this is what caused Chen’s hearing loss. Chen later admitted that she had been working long hours and haven’t been taking care of herself.
“Much of what you lose with RHSL is environmental sound,” said Hears Audiology. Because volume is a product of lower frequencies, you might not hear someone from a distance trying to warn you of something, or you can’t hear a car coming.
If you are experiencing a similar hearing problem, see an audiologist. While trying to improve your listening, still, the main reason for you to seek diagnosis and treatment is safety. Chen is now on treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
Source: Medical Daily