My Greatest Fear #56: Putting Headphones on the Wrong Ears

A few weeks ago I was a guest on a podcast, and they asked me to use headphones instead of my speakers. I have a good mic that doesn’t pick up the speakers, but I didn’t know the podcasters, so I didn’t want to argue about it. So I pulled out my headphones.

When I put them on, I did something almost subconsciously–as rarely as I use headphones, it was still a force of habit: I checked to make sure R was on my right and L was on my left.

As I did it, I made a mental note about, because it seems like a strange thing to do. I mean, is there really much of a difference if you wear the headphones the wrong way? Probably not to my untrained ears.

Yet I realized I have an underlying fear that putting headphones on the wrong way will result in some kind of pain or disorientation. This is completely irrational, of course, and it’s not something I dwell on, but the thought has crossed my mind that if the L is on the right side, it’ll confuse my inner ear somehow. Maybe I’ll get vertigo from it! I’ve heard that sucks.

It’s one of those things where I’m like, it probably doesn’t matter, but just in case….

Do you put headphones on the correct ears? Why or why not?