Do You Hear "Laurel" Or "Yanny"?

Bessie Dean
May 17, 2018

You can stop arguing.

"Language, dialect, exposure to relevant sounds in someone's environment, and even gender from the content of our own voices can alter how we experience the exact same information", Crum said.

The Internet has erupted into a debate about whether a short audio clip features the word "Laurel" or "Yanny", and experts said they might both be correct.

Either way, it's pretty insane that the person sitting beside you might be hearing something completely different than you hear!

Roland Szabo, 18, said he recorded the seemingly innocuous audio from a vocabulary website while doing a project for his school in the U.S. state of Georgia. Well, the answer is very simple: an audio track was posted to a blogger's Instagram story with a voice repeating a single word. But the friend heard yanny, according to Essentially, it's the second coming of the great dress debate from 2015.

On Tuesday, the internet broke out into an all-consuming debate, dividing people into two camps: those that heard "Laurel", and those that heard "Yanny". "All I hear is 'Yanny, '" said one Twitter user.

Any spoken word is made up of a variety of sounds at different pitches, or frequencies.

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A straw poll carried out among staff in AFP's Washington bureau counted 17 for Yanny, and 14 for Laurel.

The first thing to understand is that the Reddit audio was low-quality.

For the past 24 hours it has been doing the rounds and confusing everyone.

Catherine Marino, director of the Audiology and Hearing Aid Center at Main Line Health's Riddle Hospital, agreed that people who are better at hearing lower-pitched sounds may be more likely to hear laurel.

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Ricketts agreed the recording was likely "Laurel". In the tweet, she simply wrote: "What do you hear?!" The older you get, the larger the chance you lose hearing in your higher frequencies. Now, every time I play, whether on iPhone or the headphones, I can only hear Laurel.

"I was born and raised in Laurel".

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