The great internet debate: Yanny or Laurel

Yanny or Laurel? Why people hear different words

Yanny or Laurel? The question has taken the internet by storm

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

The visual prompt asking "Laurel or Yanny" would also prompt the listener to hear the word in a certain way.

So what exactly is going on?

It appears Feldman picked up on the post, tweeted it, and it went viral.

It turns out that our brains can shift pretty easily between hearing yanny and laurel, just based on how low or high the frequency of the recording gets.

It's also worth noting that people are expecting to hear either "yanny" or "laurel," which makes it more likely that they actually will hear one of those words and not something else.

"People hear something different than what I hear", Delilah Allison said. If you can hear high freqs, you probably hear "yanny", but you *might* hear "laurel".

Ballou persists. "I mean, there's no question it's "Yanny".

A local audiologist is providing insight on why some many people are divided on two words that come from the same sound. His classmates could not agree on what word they were hearing. The controversy has torn families apart.

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

If you heard "Laurel", you are the victor and have earned bragging rights for this round of internet debate.

User Dani said she was flashing back to "the dress".

But it turns out there is a reason we all hear something different and, unfortunately, it's got a lot to do with hearing loss.

She added that our brains want to "categorize" the elements of speech when they are ambiguous, as in this case passing them either into the "Laurel" box or "Yanny" box.

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