In an audio file shared by a 17-year-old on Instagram on Monday night, Chloe asked whether we heard the word Yanny or Laurel? .
An audio recording of what some people hear as a robotic voice saying "Laurel", has been heard by others as "Yanny".
Tell us what do you hear?
Do you hear what I hear?
For that, Kraus connected me to Brad Story, a professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences at the University of Arizona. He also recorded himself saying "Yanny" and "Laurel", for comparison.
Richmond added: "It's an interesting example of how people's ears are different, and that your hearing changes over time, with the most common thing being that is, as people age, they lose high frequency response".
So whether you hear Yanny vs Laurel, there really is no wrong answer.
How does it sound?
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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. True black magic f**kery, ' someone admitted about their interpretation.
Both sides are looking at the other like, "are you messing with me?!"
First, there was "The dress", and now, there's "Yanny or Laurel?". As the post made the social media rounds, many were left dumbfounded by what they did or didn't hear. "I can't even figure out how one would hear yanny".
It turns out it's all down to frequency that each individual is able to hear. "If you remove the high frequencies, you hear Laurel".
Is this the weirdest online illusion you've ever heard?
WebMD: If you shifted the bass or treble, would you hear it differently? I'm assuming they combined the high frequencies of yanny with the lower frequencies of laurel with some overlap. Additionally, older adults tend to start losing their higher frequency hearing, which explains why some kids heard Yanny.
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