Theories behind why some people hear 'yanny' or 'laurel'


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

So what exactly is going on?

Although that clip clearly says Laurel, apparently there are people out there who hear Yanny, so that's where we are right now. He claims if the pitch is shifted, to hear more of either the higher or lower frequencies, people should be able to hear both words.

Similarly, this polarizing audio clip sounds like "yanny" to some and "laurel" to others. Someone with mild hearing damage (from earphones, working in loud environments or just from aging) will be more likely to hear "Laurel".

But how is it even possible that two people hear two different words? Noah said. "We just need President Trump to tell us what he heard and then everyone will know what they think".

"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.

A local audiologist is providing insight on why some many people are divided on two words that come from the same sound.

Introducing: the Yanny-Laurel debate that's fractured the internet. People in the room disagreed about what they were hearing. The controversy has torn families apart.

First, it was the color of a dress, now it's the word being said on an audio clip.

"But not only that, the brains themselves can be wired very differently to interpret speech", he says. "If you remove the high frequencies, you hear Laurel". One of us heard Laurel.

Ms Feldman said in a video she was fielding multiple interview requests and searching for the original creator. She adds that sound can be filtered with our expectations.