Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Laurel or Yanny? This audio clip is driving the internet insane

Laurel or Yanny? This audio clip is driving the internet insane

Well, we might have a sequel. That's why if you hear the clip from different distances, on different devices, or at a different volume, it may sound like a different word.

"Watched this for 5 min and heard yanny...watched it 5 min later and I hear laurel".

Some hear yanny. Some hear laurel.

And Twitter is freaking out about it. But some sharp-eared users pointed out that listening for the lower register yields in hearing the "Laurel".

Enter: the "Yanny" or "Laurel" audio clip.

One Redditor pointed out that older people are more likely to hear "Laurel" because older people have suffered hearing damage over time.

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The acoustic frequency associated with Yanny is high, and with Laurel, low.

Maybe you've lost some of your hearing, or maybe your ears are just shaped differently? "I just asked my dad what he heard and he said "nothing" and my mom said "rural".

The newest either-or choice sweeping the internet is a question of auditory perception.

Basically, if you change the pitch, you should be able to hear both. "Yanny or Laurel." The internet then lost its damn mind in a fight over which word the computerized voice is saying (although it's definitely "Laurel").

Warning: Don't read on unless you want to know the ~truth~. Since there's a visual prompt in the video, your brain is already anticipating two specific possible words.

He added that the device used to listen to the clip can also affect what you hear, due to the different frequency profiles of speakers or headphones.

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