So many things that we do without thinking about it turn out to be the correct way, even if we don't understand why. That's why it's interesting to find out the reason for some of our almost "automatic" activities.
Use Your Right Ear
If you’re having trouble hearing someone, what do you do? Most people crane their neck toward the speaker. As it turns out, that’s the perfect thing to do—but probably not for the reason you think. Most people are aware that the brain is split into two hemispheres. Each hemisphere is dominant in different areas, such as perceiving sound, and the left hemisphere is typically responsible for spoken language.
As it turns out, our right and left ears are are also dominant when it comes to different functions. The right ear is better at receiving speech than the left ear—which makes sense. Signals from the right side of the body end up in the left side of the brain. So next time you can’t hear someone, make sure you give them your right ear.
Now that I know the reason why I cup my right ear when trying to understand what my Mom is saying, I don't feel so bad. I told her about this article so that she would stop thinking I was just giving her a bad time about the tremor in her voice.
Coffee out on the patio today. You could hear that invite, right?