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

Calvin Saunders
May 17, 2018

"I hear Laurel when I put it up to my ear, but when somebody else does it near me I hear Yanny", Tyler Bush explained. Other photographs showed the dress was blue and black, but it sparked an interesting conversations about how light affects color perception.

The poll really kicked off when Cloe Feldman, a YouTube vlogger, posted the clip on Twitter.

Soon enough, Reddit user Roland Camry (a friend of Castro's ) spotted the same, and then posted it to a channel called r/blackmagicfuckery after which it went viral on the internet.

David Monahan said the audio clip "was Yanny when I listened on my computer and Laurel on my phone".

Today Eyewitness News asked people in the Tri-State what they hear, and got mixed results. Theoretically, listeners can hear different sounds depending on whether the low frequencies or high frequencies are amplified, CNET reports.

When the "Laurel v. Yanny" debate erupted, even celebrities like like Ellen DeGeneres and JJ Watt were talking about it (DeGeneres thought it was "Laurel" but Watt was Team "Yanny").

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Remember this annoying high-pitched alarm in Yaletown meant to deter young people from loitering?

Couple this with all the cultural and linguistic ways we've been trained to hear certain vowels, and you've got a flawless recipe for a little audio illusion. "When somebody hears the "L" in Laurel, they hear something different".

Ballou's co-anchor disagrees. "I heard "Laurel'", says Maggie Wade". The different things we hear reminds us that our world, and ourselves, are far more unknown than we think.

The explanation is that as we get older, we tend to start losing our hearing at higher frequency ranges.

An audio snippet is causing internet debate which features two camp: do you hear "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

"If you hear Yanny and not Laurel I don't trust you", user Quincy Quarter-Zips tweeted.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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