According to the Daily Mail, a woman in China recently woke up with a rare ear condition that left her unable to hear deeper sounds. As a result, the woman can’t hear men’s voices,

According to the report, the woman — identified only by her last name, Chen — experienced nausea and ringing in her ears one night. The next morning, she woke up and realized she could not hear her boyfriend’s voice, at which point she went to the hospital.

Chen was seen by an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Qianpu Hospital in Xiamen, a city on China’s east coast. The female ENT who treated her — Dr. Lin Xiaoqing — told MailOnline that Chen could hear everything Xiaoqing said to her. However, Chen reportedly could not hear the voice of a young male patient who walked into the room.

This led Xiaoqing to diagnose Chen with a type of low-frequency hearing loss known as reverse-slope hearing loss, a rare condition that leaves a patient unable to hear deeper sounds. According to the Thigpen Hearing Center, the average male voice is a lower-frequency sound, which explains why Chen could not hear it.A Woman Can’t Hear Men When They Talk Because Of A Rare Medical Condition

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