The internet erupted on Tuesday with what can only be described as the greatest debate since the black-blue/white-gold dress. A clip went viral of a computer generated voice but what makes it so interesting is that some people hear Yanny while others hear Laurel. How is it possible that two people hear an entirely different word?

Some speculated that the differences might be related to hearing loss or the age of the listener. It is known that some sounds are audible only to people under 25.

Some insist “If you turn the volume very low, there will be practically no bass and you will hear Yanny,”

Yet making those adjustments did not change the word for me

Linguistic and audio experts claim that it is in fact both. Both words are layered in the recording and our ears will either gravitate to one or the other. So frustrating!!


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