Are You Left-Eared or Right-Eared?

When you talk on the phone, do you tend to mostly hold it to one ear? If so, you’re not alone. According to studies, just as you're right-handed or left-handed, you’re left-eared or right-eared. We not only favor one side, it also works better for us. Even those who are ambidextrous usually still favor one side over the other. Surprisingly, your dominant ear could actually be different from your dominant hand. A preference to a certain side of the body is known as laterality — being left-handed or right-handed. It can also refer to eyes, ears, and even legs. The majority of people are right-handed and choose to use the right eye, ear, arm, and foot if presented with a choice. The English word "left" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft which means "weak" or "useless," while the English word "right" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word riht which also means "straight" or "correct." So, the next time you step off a curb or answer the phone, pay attention to the side of your body that’s leading the way. It may very well bring attention to your dominant side.