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Does golfing make us deaf?

post #1 of 8
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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 

post #2 of 8

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.

post #3 of 8

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.

post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by WUTiger View Post
 

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.

post #5 of 8

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.

post #6 of 8

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.

post #7 of 8

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". 

post #8 of 8
I blame my wife for my hearing loss ... Might have to reconsider ... Naw ... Sticking to my original story ..a2_wink.gif
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