Yanny or Laurel? Soundbite sparks internet din


This could explain why one person can hear Laurel one time, and Yanny another.

The creator of the viral sensation spoke out and sorry to say "Yanny" listeners, he confirmed he said "Laurel". It is Laurel and not Yanny alright. "Laurel" exists in the lower frequencies and "Yanny" exists in the higher frequencies. Where this does matter, she says, and where similar issues are at play, is how people fill in the gaps of their hearing when faced with a noisy context. "When somebody hears the "L" in Laurel, they hear something different".

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One Twitter user proved this by adjusting the bass levels of the original recording.

If you heard "Laurel", you are the victor and have earned bragging rights for this round of internet debate. A high-end speaker like ones in our 6abc editing rooms have a broader range of frequencies then say a cell phone so you may hear it differently on different devices. Although the words may sound completely different to you, the acoustics of the word are quite the same.

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"Part of it involves the recording", said Brad Story, Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing at The University of Arizona. Now that the brain is primed to cut through the noise, you will probably be able to hear "The juice of lemons makes fine punch". "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Norah O'Donell and John Dickerson heard "Laurel" while Gayle King heard "Yanny".

"I don't think there's a right or wrong answer to this", Geddes said.

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