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Kiss of deaf: woman loses hearing in passionate kiss 耳聾之吻:女子因激吻而失聰

Right: Juanes kisses his wife after winning one of his five Grammies during the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards held on Nov. 13, 2008 in Houston, Texas, US.


A passionate kiss ruptured a young woman’s eardrum in southern China, state media reported last week, in what has been called the “kiss of deaf.” The 20-something girl from Zhuhai city in Guangdong province was treated by hospital doctors after completely losing the hearing in her left ear, the China Daily reported.

“The kiss reduced the pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out and caused the breakdown of the ear,” the treating doctor, surnamed Li, was quoted as saying, adding the woman’s hearing would likely recover in about two months.

The incident prompted newspapers to dispense kissing safety advice.

While kissing is normally very safe, doctors urge people to proceed with caution, the China Daily reported.

“A strong kiss may cause an imbalance in air pressure between the two inner ears and lead to a broken eardrum,” said the English-language Shanghai Daily in a story headlined “Kiss of deaf.”










1. eardrum n.

鼓膜 (gu3 mo2)

例: Gary damaged his eardrum in a kickboxing match.


2. pressure n.

壓力 (ya1 li4)

例: The pressure inside the cabin dropped below the safety level.


3. recover v.i./v.t.

恢復 (hui1 fu4)

例: It took several weeks to recover from the virus.


4. advice n.

勸告 (quan4 gao4)

例: Leo always listens to his mom's advice.


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