Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

'Yanny Vs. Laurel' Debate: How To Hear It Both Ways

'Yanny Vs. Laurel' Debate: How To Hear It Both Ways

A odd audio clip has taken over, making people question their hearing.

Is it "Yanny" or is it "Laurel"?

Sorry Yanny fans, but the original recording from Vocabulary.com is listed as the pronunciation for the word "Laurel". One is about which frequencies a person hears best. He said a friend of his first posted it on Instagram. Apparently the ambiguity lies in the frequency we hear at - the higher frequency sounds make the listener hear "yanny" while the lower frequency sounds like "laurel". The poll really kicked off when Cloe Feldman, a YouTube vlogger, posted the clip on Twitter. "I think maybe it creates something our brains aren't used to and so we interpret it differently", said Marino. "I don't know how this was made".

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The viral trend is in line with debate previously over a now-famous blue dress, which split readers regarding which color the gown was presented as. Now offices are exploding in amusing arguments, and social media is consumed. Many audio and hearing experts have weighed in.

He says one theory for the two words is auditory perception. "N is similar to R; I is close to L". Some people are hearing "yanny", while others are hearing "laurel". It is known that some sounds are audible only to people younger than 25.

But that doesn't mean the viral sensation didn't stump Tinkler, who said he's heard both "Yanny" and "Laurel" after listening to the original clip on his website. It could be useful information as many people probably spent a good part of their last 24 hours either looking for your own hearing to be tested or suggesting that others do. "I can't figure out how one would hear yanny".

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