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

17 May, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Norman Carr
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That was the question Wednesday as a short audio clip sparked a social media debate about whether the word being heard is "yanny" or "laurel".

"If you take that ambiguous word then kind of filter out the high frequencies, then you hear a very clear "laurel".

So now we ask, what do you hear, Laurel or Yanny? He said there's a simple, logical reason why some folks who listen to the viral recording hear "yanny" while others pick up "laurel".

Some have said the speakers used have something to do what an individual hears.

The speaker took a vote of "Laurel" fans at a news conference in the Capitol to find who was in the same camp. You'll hear that all-too-familiar sound. Now an audio file has friends, family members and office mates questioning one another's hearing, and their own.


Mark Tinkler, founder and chief technology officer of vocabulary.com, told TIME the original audio recording comes from an opera singer contracted to record English language words for the website. But when he tried the clip again back at his desk, he heard "laurel". "They're like eight-year-old treehouse buddies with those cans on strings, gossiping about which girls they secretly paid off, or whether it's Yanny or Laurel", Noah said.

The clip picked up steam after a debate erupted on Reddit this week. Catherine Marino, an audiologist, Main Line Health said, "Because they're grouped so close together I think the brain is having a hard time distinguishing one or the other".

"It just depends on the audio and the equipment that you're using", he said.

Others heard different sounds on different equipment, while still others claimed to hear both.

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