Some people swear they hear nothing but Laurel, while others can't fathom hearing anything but Yanny.
The visual prompt asking "Laurel or Yanny" would also prompt the listener to hear the word in a certain way. Some of my colleagues hear "Yanny", in a higher-pitched, slightly more nasal voice. That's why if you hear the clip from different distances, on different devices, or at a different volume, it may sound like a different word.
"However, your brain can't handle both at once, so it picks at one and that is the version you hear". We checked Twitter, and people across the world are torn on the issue.
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The newest either-or choice sweeping the internet is a question of auditory perception. "It's saying 'Laurel, '" Mills said. People who hear laurel are hearing a syllabic l in the second syllable, which has some similarities to the vowel sound at the end of yanny. "I hear laurel", wrote Ryan Switzer.
It reminds us of that time in 2015 when the internet couldn't decide if a dress was black-and-blue or white-and-gold. Where else can you switch "Yanny" or "Laurel" teams-even just for a moment? Turns out, there might just be a recording of both words playing at the same time.
Additionally, as people grow older the range of frequencies they can hear is often diminished, especially high frequencies.