Golf can make you deaf?!

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"Modern golf clubs could lead to deafness" say reseachers from the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. They carried out tests after a 55-year-old golfer attended their clinic with otherwise unexplained deafness and tinnitus in his right ear. He had been playing with a thin-face titanium club three times a week for 18 months finally discarding it when the "gun-like" noise became unbearable. The trials, involving two pros at a local course, compared the sound made by stainless steel faced clubs to that of titanium ones. Although the sounds did not exceed legal noise levels the hearing specialists advised that any golfer suffering hearing problems after using such clubs may have ears which are more susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss.
So could ear defenders become a required addition to your bag?
 

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I EAR what you are saying but personally I think it is of no greater risk than a 1000 other sharp noises we will all come across in our daily lives and I dont believe hitting a driver 14 times in a round will be a problem, maybe in a confined range booth but thats it.

If people start using ear defenders it would be great,......." I'll mark you down for a six on that hole mate"..............."what,Eh?"......." I said I HAVE YOU DOWN FOR A 6 ON THAT HOLE(holding hand up showing 5 fingers)OK MATE?"
 

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I think playing 3 rounds of golf a week REDUCES the risk of deafness. My reasoning for this statement???


Loud driver being hit = 110 decibels x 14 drives = total decibels intake of 1540 Db in just 7.4 seconds.


1 round of golf including travel = 6 hours x 3 = 18 hours and H.I.D. can talk at 120 decibels = 2160 Db's over 18 hours which is surely a health and safety violation.
 
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