Hearing asymmetry among left-handed and right-handed persons in a random population

Scand Audiol. 1991;20(4):223-6. doi: 10.3109/01050399109045967.


The possible effect of handedness on hearing threshold asymmetry was analysed in a large random population representing a normal population. The left ear was on an average slightly but significantly poorer than the right ear at high frequencies, especially at 4 kHz, while at low frequencies the right ear was on average poorer than the left ear. A matched control group of the right-handed subjects was formed for 211 left-handed subjects. Among the left-handed subjects the average ear asymmetry resembled the ear asymmetry of the whole population, the right-handed subpopulation, and of the matched control group. In conclusion, it seems that handedness cannot be responsible for the average inferiority of hearing in the left ear at 4-kHz or for the average slight superiority of the left ear at 0.125-0.5 kHz. However, this analysis does not rule out possible minor effects of handedness on ear asymmetry.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Audiometry
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dominance, Cerebral
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral / diagnosis*
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral / etiology
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral / physiopathology
  • Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced / complications
  • Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Noise, Occupational