Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?

Danny Woods
May 17, 2018

We were discussing this in the KHQ Newsroom too and it seems like everyone is split.

"If you clip out the bottom, then you see more clearly where the Laurel is coming from, and if you see from higher, then you see a bit more where the Yanny is coming from".

So what exactly is going on?

The NYT also created a tool that can accentuate different frequencies in the clip, so if you're one of those people who thinks they're hearing "yanny", you can finally understand why the rest of the world thinks it's "laurel". "If you remove all the low frequencies, you hear Yanny".

Roland Szabo, 18, said he recorded the seemingly innocuous audio from a vocabulary website while doing a project for his school in the USA state of Georgia.

Do you hear what I hear?

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Geddes heard Yanny - but is there a right answer?

Ballou's co-anchor disagrees. "I heard "Laurel'", says Maggie Wade". "And that can be a significant factor in what you first initially hear is simply based on the hardware that you are listening through". Audiologist Catherine Marino said because they're grouped so close together, it's up to the brain to decide which one to hear. The question of "Yanny or Laurel" is kind of like the audio version of "the dress" meme, which appeared black-and-blue to some and gold-and-white to others.

"The ears are picking up the sound and putting that sound into a neural code that is being sent via the auditory nerve to the auditory cortex where we're actually interpreting what we heard", Scott explained.

Whatever your brain tells you about Yanny/Laurel, the whole controversy should help everyone understand why it's so hard to have a conversation in a noisy restaurant or why people with hearing loss sometimes "mishear" what you have to say.

Basically, if you hear "yanny", you're hearing acoustic information from a higher frequency.

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