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耳光 ABC N. box on the ears; slap on the face 巴掌 N. palm of the hand While they are inherently different, 打…巴掌 and 打…耳光 are roughly the same. Consider these two example sentences from A Chinese-English Dictionary 打他一巴掌 dǎ tā yī bāzhang give him a slap 打耳光 dǎ ěrguāng slap sb.'s face; box sb.'s ears ...
巴掌 耳光 That's the difference...
耳光 means a hit on face 巴掌, when talking about hit, means a hit by palm, but maybe on face or other parts of your body also, 巴掌 means palm as noun
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