Imagine what the world would be like if you woke up one morning unable to hear the voices of men. That’s what happened to a woman in China, identified as Ms. Chen. The Daily Mail reports that one night, Chen went to bed after feeling nauseated and experiencing ringing in her ears. When she woke up, she couldn’t hear her boyfriend’s voice.
She went to the hospital and saw ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr Lin Xiaoqing. “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,” Xiaoqing said.
Xiaoqing diagnosed Chen with “low-frequency hearing loss,” a rare condition that cuts off deeper, lower-frequency sounds. The doctor in unsure of the cause, but believes the condition was brought on by stress. She expects Chen to experience a full recovery.
While wishing Chen a full recovery, in the meantime I hope that she can find some reprieve from listening to men, and delight in her newfound ability to mute cat-callers, annoying co-workers, and asshole politicians.