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WUTiger

Does golfing make us deaf?

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Interesting!

I have been using an ear plug in my right ear while golfing for the last few years as I suffer from tinnitus.

These loud titanium drivers make it necessary.

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I thought about it once while playing golf on a simulator indoors. Since then, I'm using earplugs when hitting the driver on the simulator.

I wouldn't mind the driver not being as loud as it is.

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Here's a link about a medical study on the effects of titanium-headed driver impact sound on golfer hearing.

Maybe we should wear ear plugs?

For your Monday morning reading pleasure:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2009/01/08/can-golfing-make-you-deaf/#.U8PRivldXTo


I must not play with any good golfers because I have never heard a driver sound anywhere near as loud as a gun shot and I have heard plenty of those.

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It is a different kind of sound and last a shorter period of time. We may have a difficult time identifying the audible strength of a driver compared to a gunshot.

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I came down with Meniere's disease a few years ago, after playing a lot of golf incidentally. I've lost most of the hearing in my right ear. I don't believe golf to be the cause though.

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Word of caution: if you do wear ear plugs while playing golf, consider getting a helmet at the same time if you can't hear anyone yelling "FOOOORE".

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I blame my wife for my hearing loss ... Might have to reconsider ... Naw ... Sticking to my original story ..;-)
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