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Spengler

I tend to listen to LTB podcasts when I'm walking around at work. I can only listen with one ear because I need to be able to hear whatever else is going on around me?
My favourite podcasts are the ones which go into more detail on a subject and therefore required greater concentration.

Is there any evidence showing that using a particular ear results in more effective understanding or retention of information than the other?

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  • adam

    One imagines it would vary from brain to brain, we all have different predelictions and preferences.  We make a point of putting out a mono show, so whichever ear you listen on you'll be getting exactly the same audio.  

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  • deweller

    The left brain is the center of more logical, analytical, and objective thinking.  While the right brain controls more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective processing.

    Your right ear is connected with the left side of your brain and vice versa.

    So...  Feeling analytical and want to focus on the details?  Then use your right ear.  Want to approach it intuitively and imaginatively?  Then try the left ear.

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  • Spengler

    Thank you both for your input. It's certainly convenient for me that shows are put out in mono.
    I'll try using my left ear for a bit to see if it makes any discernible difference from using my usual right ear.

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  • page

    There's some stuff here about it -

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocktail_party_effect#Broadbent

    The BBC has a podcast about it with the same name "The cocktail party effect"


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  • BitNomadic

    I would suggest the ear with the least wax build up.

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  • Spengler

    @bitnomadic I would suggest the ear with the least wax build up.

    Pardon? :0)

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  • cracker

    I never really thought about it. I usually do the right ear. Probably just an old habit from riding my bike. I don't ride a bike much anymore, but when I did, I would keep the headphone in the right ear so I could hear the traffic better.

    I think I will switch it up and use the left ear today. I'll report back if I notice anything crazy!

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  • page

    Here is the podcast I mentioned

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01gvkw7

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichotic_listening

    I don't actually really remember what is in the podcast now. But, I am listening again now.

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  • BittBurger

    @spengler Thank you both for your input. It's certainly convenient for me that shows are put out in mono.I'll try using my left ear for a bit to see if it makes any discernible difference from using my usual right ear.

    Have a look into Radiolab Podcast - Episode titled 9 Volt Nirvana as well. Make yourself listen to the end. Its utterly fascinating ...

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  • Rob

    In contrast to Adam's show, my show is stereo. But I try to keep the mix centered enough so you can listen with either ear.

    I've tried mixing down to mono, expecting to get a smaller file size, and I did not. Perhaps I didn't do something right.

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