Deafness/Hearing Impairment/kiss of deaf

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I kissed my father right on the ear canal 2 days ago. He said it hurt him, and it was a nasty feeling. I have read that people can go deaf this way. He hasn't complained of hearing yet. And I am very scared of him going deaf. I mean have been kissed before and I have yet to go deaf but, any reassurance from a person of your expertise would be very appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Damian,

I personally have not heard of someone going deaf from such a kiss.  However, the eardrum is the entrance to a pressurized middle/inner ear system and if the right amount of suction is created at the entrance of the canal it can pull the eardrum and cause it to stretch and even tear.  The discomfort could have been from the suction the kiss caused.  If it had actually torn the eardrum he would likely be complaining of hearing loss.
I have had several patients who have had torn eardrums and temporary hearing loss from someone slapping their ear.  The damage is usually correctable and hearing recovers.

Thank you for your question.
Kelley Linton, AuD
Doctor of Audiology
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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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