Make requests into right ear

Nurses General Nursing

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This might be useful info for us nurses! This study says that making a request of someone in their right ear is more effective.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8116321.stm

So, how could we apply this to our jobs?

Things to be said into the right ear:

"Mrs Cohen, please use the call light before getting up!"

"I need both Christmas and Thanksgiving off this year"

"Dr So and So, what do you think about Ativan for the patient in 420?"

"Mr Smith, here is your urinal, please use it when you need to urinate!"

"Nurse Manager, can we please do away with these blasted hourly rounding sheets?"

"Family member, can you please watch your child and keep him from running in the halls?"

"Will you work for me Saturday night?"

catshowlady

393 Posts

Specializes in ICU.

OMG, now I know why my husband never seems to listen to me - he is deaf in his right ear! :lol2:

llg, PhD, RN

13,469 Posts

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

I'm also 100% completely deaf in my right ear. You won't be very successful there!

Specializes in IMCU.

Nice! Whatever works!

If you can believe it my brother, who really does have hearing loss, states that he just can't hear the range that women speak. Charming!

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele.
I'm also 100% completely deaf in my right ear. You won't be very successful there!

Would you consider yourself less open to suggestions/requests than your average person???

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele.
Nice! Whatever works!

If you can believe it my brother, who really does have hearing loss, states that he just can't hear the range that women speak. Charming!

That sounds like a classic case of 'selective hearing' Many men suffer the same malady...:lol2:

llg, PhD, RN

13,469 Posts

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.
Would you consider yourself less open to suggestions/requests than your average person???

No. But there is no real way to tell. I had equally good hearing in both ears until I was 38. Then I went suddenly deaf in my right ear. I don't think there was a change in my personality at that time.

However ... the sudden loss of my right ear WAS a major event in my life. It did change my relatonship with sound and the "natural ease" with which I go through the day and process sound. So, I don't discount the study described in the article. I was just making light of it given my situation.

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele.
No. But there is no real way to tell. I had equally good hearing in both ears until I was 38. Then I went suddenly deaf in my right ear. I don't think there was a change in my personality at that time.

Interesting. I wonder if they could do a study of people like you, sort of like separated at birth twin studies.

The workings of the brain are quite mysterious and fascinating.

zuzi

502 Posts

Specializes in trauma, ortho, burns, plastic surgery.

This study like all others will have SOON an opposite study to show all that "the left ear is most effective to request"... and after that as soon as new public or private funds will be again available... another new smart researcher will show us... that the perfect true is that the requests need to be adressed to our bottomed asses because by induction and extrapolation from our R and L ear....this and only this part is responsable with requests.

Firestarters..if one is open mind...it is ...and that is all...dosen't matter THE EAR, the head or bottom. Oh dear... here we are... there went our money..."right ear studies" lol

catshowlady

393 Posts

Specializes in ICU.

I was making a joke in my original post; however, my husband really is deaf in his right ear. I don't think he is less open to suggestions or requests, but I don't think he processes information the same way that I do. I get really annoyed with him when he says he'll do something but "forgets". I don't really think it is typical male selective hearing.

Specializes in ICU.
That sounds like a classic case of 'selective hearing' Many men suffer the same malady...:lol2:

What? Huh?

Would you please STOP mumbling?:D

Specializes in LTC, Acute Care.
Nice! Whatever works!

If you can believe it my brother, who really does have hearing loss, states that he just can't hear the range that women speak. Charming!

I don't have a hearing loss, but in my job (medical transcription), women in general, particularly the ones who don't have deep voices and/or won't speak forcefully enough through a sentence to prevent their voice from breaking, can be quite difficult to understand. I believe it! :)

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