A young woman has partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend ruptured her eardrum during an excessively passionate kiss.
The twentysomething woman was taken to hospital in the Chinese city of Zhuhai, in southern Guangdong province, completely deaf in her left ear after the smooch.
The man's kiss reduced the pressure in the girl's mouth, pulling out her eardrum.
'The kiss reduced pressure in the mouth, pulled the eardrum out and caused the breakdown of the ear,' a medic called Dr Li told state newspaper The China Daily.
The doctor said the woman's hearing would return to normal within two or three months.
'While kissing is normally very safe, doctors advise people to proceed with caution,' the newspaper added.