Reports claim that the woman was suffering from nausea and ringing in her ears the night before she woke up with this conditon. "She was able to hear me when I spoke to her", says ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Lin Xiaoqing, "but when a young male patient walked in, she couldn't hear him at all".
This condition hinders Chen's ability to hear low frequency sounds, such as the average grown man's voice. Indeed, autoimmune conditions in the inner ear can cause balance problems that may lead to vomiting - a symptom that Chen described to her doctor, Clark noted.
What do you think about this odd form of hearing loss?
Anyone who suffers from low frequency hearing loss, generally, can't hear noises that have a frequency of 2,000 Hz or below.
High-frequency hearing loss, where sufferers are unable to hear the voices of women or children, is more common. In reverse-sloping hearing loss, the shape of the audiogram runs in the opposite direction. It's not just male voices they struggle with but any particularly low sound, including voices over the phone, the hum of a vehicle, and thunder. Again according to Thigpen Hearing Center, roughly 3,000 people in the U.S. and Canada have the condition.
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. Less often, a shift in the pressure of ear fluid can trigger reverse-sloping hearing loss.
According to the World Health Organization, around 466 million people across the world are affected by some kind of hearing loss. Instead of waking up with a newfound ability to hear women's thoughts, à la Mel Gibson (or Taraji P. Henson for 2019's gender-switch take on the film), you wake up having lost the ability to hear men, full stop.