I have a wide grouping of living and spirit here, and I really don't treat any of them differently from one another. I tend to think of all of them as having the full range of emotions that I do, capable of living out their lives or existences with me, though I do feel my living beings more frequently than I do my spirit. But they're all allowed a place in my Astral Space, where they build homes or meadows or just gardens as they wish, something to call "their own" within my own area, so to speak, that I can go and enjoy while visiting with them.
I do know that my living bunch has more of an ability to physically manifest themselves and communicates more through visions and "internal voices", while my spirits usually just send me messages through pictures and images with the exception of a few that I'm closest to. They also seem to have more mood swings than my spirits, and I had to "boot" one out of the house temporarily when he was sulking over the fact that I liked a guy I met at my friend's wedding and worked a few loopholes to keep me from dancing with him.
The brat. We've worked through it, though, and all is good for now.
I've also heard a few of my living entities with my physical ears, mostly calling my name to get my attention, but it still makes me jump when they do.