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Golf and Deafness

by Savitha C Muppala on  January 5, 2009 at 7:34 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Golf and Deafness
Doctors advice the use of earplugs while playing golf, especially while playing with the present generation of titanium drivers which increase the risk of deafness.
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Those at risk are the players who use a new generation of thin-faced titanium drivers to propel the ball further and make the game easier, the scientists said.

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According to ear specialists who studied the case, the booming noise the metal club head makes when it strikes the ball was found to have reduced the hearing of a 55-year-old golfer, reports the Scotsman.

The study has been published in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal.

In the study, tests of six titanium clubs against six thicker-faced stainless steel models revealed that the former all produced greater sound levels.

The authors say: "Our results show that thin-faced titanium drivers may produce sufficient sound to induce temporary or even permanent cochlear damage in susceptible individuals."

Andrew Coltart, one of Scotland's leading professional golfers, said: "If you are wearing earplugs you might not hear the shouts of 'fore', be hit by a ball on the head and get brain damage."

The doctors, based at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, decided to conduct the tests after a 55-year-old golfer attended their clinic with unexplained tinnitus and reduced hearing in his right ear.

Source: ANI
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