Left Ear vs. Right Ear — How They Are Different

Left Ear vs. Right Ear — How They Are Different

  • Apr 21, 2021

For many, the concept of hearing rarely comes to mind because it’s “built-in.” For those with hearing disabilities, understanding how the body processes sound is crucial for making the necessary adjustments for better hearing. While both the left and right ear look identical on the outside, the left and right ear each process sounds in different ways.


How Do the Left and Right Ear Differ?

In general, your left ear responds best to emotion, music, and concepts related to intuition, whereas your right ear is more logical and responds best to speech. The difference between your left and right ears can be attributed to the difference between the two hemispheres of the brain. The left is the creative, intuitive, and emotionally attuned portion of the brain, whereas the right side of the brain is responsible for critical thinking and logical reasoning. 

How the Left and Right Ear Work Together

Human ears are on each side of the head; this is known as binaural hearing. Binaural hearing allows humans to figure out where sound is coming from, makes it possible to hear over long distances, and delivers a balanced sound that the brain then processes. Because of the way humans hear, it can be challenging for people to communicate if they’re struggling with the loss of hearing in one of their ears. 

How Hearing Aids Can Help

When one or both ears are developing hearing loss, hearing aids can help. Hearing aids help balance the sounds for your brain to better process the information it receives. Hearing aids can help individuals struggling with hearing loss enjoy music again and experience the full range of sounds they may be missing. 

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