May 20, 2018

"Yanny Vs. Laurel" Doctors Weigh In

17 May 2018, 02:50 | Rufus Hill

Nobody can agree if this robot says 'Yanny' or 'Laurel' and everyone is arguing about it

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It's the newest debate sweeping the internet - whether you hear Yanny or Laurel in this clip.

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

Others stated that they heard "Yanny" while there were those who heard "Laurel".

So what exactly is going on? Buzzfeed did some digging and was able to find out from the original poster that the clip is saying the word Laurel, not Yanny. Another explanation for the same is to do with hearing loss with the higher frequencies getting lost when adults grow older.

So while the audio clip was made for the word laurel, it would appear Team Yanny has the better hearing.

Szabo told the Times the clip originated from for the world "Laurel". You'll hear that all-too-familiar sound.

The "Yanny" versus "Laurel" debate is taking over social media, and probably affecting productivity for plenty of businesses. And why is social media up in arms? Both words share a U-shaped pattern, though they correspond to different sets of frequencies that the vocal tract produces, Story explains.

Some people believe it's the difference in quality and the device you hear the sound on. "How is it possible that people can hear one word or the other?"

Here we go again.

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

"It is synthesized speech and the output is a little ambiguous", Goetz said.

So why do half of us hear one thing and half of us another?

Like the great dress debate, what do you hear? It's crucial, she adds, to "use your experience with sound and what you know about it to fill in the gaps".

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