Using Your Ear(s)

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A new study suggests that cell phone use probably doesn’t have any link to brain cancer:

But the leaders of the project acknowledged that the study had flaws. They said one source of possible inaccuracies was the fact that participants were asked to remember how much and on which ear they used their mobiles over the past decade.

This reminds me of something. In movies, characters are endlessly picking up a phone, putting it to their right ear, and then hastily switching it to their left ear so they can pick up a pad to write a note. I never do this. I always use my left ear. Always. My right ear works fine in general, but I can’t talk on the phone with it any more than I can use my left hand to write. Which is to say, I can do it, but it feels clumsy and I have a hard time following the conversation.

Is this unusual? Or is ambi-aurality (or whatever) just a movie affectation and most people prefer one ear over the other just like I do? What sayeth the hive mind?

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