The Lateral Preference Inventory
Coren (1993) developed an inventory for lateral preference (The Lateral Preference Inventory). Several items concerned ear preference.
I found the choice of items to be quite interesting. See below for the items concerned with ear preference.
Based on a large adult normative sample, a total score was created for the four items above (+1 for right; -1 for left; 0 for either)
Ear preference tasks
This is not my area, but I did a quick search on Google Scholar and found an article by Noonan and Axelrod (1981) where they discuss behavioural measures of ear preference.
A total of 373 normal young adult subjects were distributed among 5
experiments measuring earedness. Handedness, eyedness and familial
L-handedness were also indexed. Special care was taken to remove
environmental asymmetries when determining ear preference when
listening to sound from a suspended earphone, and from a stopwatch on
a table, and for using a telephone symmetrically constructed and
displayed. Ear preference was strongly influenced by seemingly minor
environmental asymmetries and did not influence telephone habits, and
must be considered a very weak lateral preference. Earedness was as
concordant with handedness as eyedness was found to be; earedness was
concordant with handedness in 74% of dextrals and 65% of sinistrals,
but earedness was not related to eyedness. Earedness did not vary with
putatively hemisphere-specific stimulus types (music, speech).
Laterality of telephone use was jointly determined by handedness and
the expectation of writing, not by earedness.
- Coren, S. (1993). The lateral preference inventory for measurement of handedness, footedness, eyedness, and earedness: Norms for young adults. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 31(1), 1-3.
- Noonan, M., & Axelrod, S. (1981). Earedness (ear choice in monaural tasks): its measurement and relationship to other lateral preferences. The Journal of auditory research, 21(4), 263-277.