A man in southern China kissed his girlfriend so passionately, she partially lost her hearing after he ruptured her eardrum, Reuters reported Monday.

The woman in her 20s went completely deaf in her left ear, the China Daily said, citing a report in a local newspaper.

"The kiss reduced pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out and caused the breakdown of the ear," the paper quoted a doctor from the hospital as saying.

The woman's hearing would likely return to normal after about two months, according to the report.

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