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This Woman Can't Hear Men Due To Stress

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A blessing in disguise?

One woman in China can no longer hear men, according to a report by the Daily Mail, and it's most likely brought on by a stress-induced condition. Ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Lin Xiaoqing has diagnosed her patient Chen with "low-frequency hearing loss," also referred to as reverse-slope hearing loss.

After putting in long hours at work and undergoing stress with not enough sleep, Chen fell asleep nauseous with ringing in her ears and woke up unable to hear her boyfriend's voice—or the voice of any other man. This continued on through when she was introduced to Xiaoqing, who told Daily Mail, "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."

According to Daily Mail, the condition can be caused by genetics, but that isn't the case with Chen so Xiaoqing expects a full recovery. In the meantime, hopefully, Chen will be able to enjoy the silver lining of her stress—perhaps not hearing men will reduce her stress? We can already imagine: Male coworker interrupts you during a work meeting? Can't hear him; keep on talking until he gets embarrassed and gives up. Is the orange-faced POTUS droning on during a newscast? Just look away, and he's no longer there.