‘You Kiss Your Mama With That Mouth?’

You Kiss Your Momma With That Mouth?… Because if you do, you better be careful. A news release performed a service for the public by revealing the threat that comes with kissing. Apparently one can loose their hearing if a kiss goes wrong. I don’t know about you guys, but this is by far one of the more bizarre consequences of kissing that I have heard of…

Mother Gail Schwartzman came home one day to get a great big deafening kiss from her 4 year-old. When retelling the incident, she explained that her daughter had been home for quite a while without her and missed her. So when she came home Schwartzman explained that:

-“She grabbed me and gave me a hug and a really big kiss on the left ear. And while she was doing it, it felt like she was sucking the air out of my head. I couldn’t push her away because I had this terrible sensation in my head” (Schwartzman, 2008, p. 1).

(CBS, 2008, video)

Will this video really change the kissing habits of anyone? Upon further research, I found no primary accounts, other than victim stories, of people consciously changing their kissing habits.  What I did find though were professionals admitting that, while this is an odd occurrence, it is something that can happen. This is because, while suction over the ear may not be super intense… it creates strong suction deep in the small canal of the ear. So, while this video isn’t altering the lives of millions of Americans… it does have a high shock value. That alone is entertainment enough to listen to it and read the articles…My personal experience with this video was just that. I had to pause for a minute to rethink what I was hearing from the video and reading in the articles. It is truly an odd case.

Now, with Valentines Day approaching…. Everyone be careful with your kisses!


Bauman, N., Ph.D. (2008, October 3). “Kiss of Deaf” or “Reiter’s Ear Kiss            Syndrome”

                        (REKS). Retrieved from Hearing Loss Help website:http://hearinglosshelp.com/weblog/ kiss-of-deaf-or-reiters-ear-  kiss-syndrome-reks.php

CBS. (2008, September 4). Kiss of Deaf. Retrieved from YouTube website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrL4iU5dFX8

Kiss Of Deaf: Daughter Sucks Out Mother’s Eardrum. (2008, June 20). Retrieved from Huffington Post website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/12/kiss-of-deaf-daughter-suc_n_106808.html

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