The reason you hear 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'
DO you hear "Yanny" or "Laurel"?
An audio clip posted to Twitter has social media users locked in fierce debate, with many comparing it to the infamous "blue/gold dress" from 2015. "What do you hear?!" wrote fashion designer Cloe Feldman. "I hear Yanny."
The clip, posted on Tuesday night, has been retweeted more than 60,000 times and more than 30,000 people have commented on the thread. And the internet is divided with half of users apparently hearing "Laurel", and the other half hearing what it actually says, which is clearly "Yanny".
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
"How are y'all hearing Laurel? It clear as day says Yanny," Lexy Rose tweeted. "They are saying they hear Yanny because they want attention," Domenic Zenga replied. Ashley Barrentine wrote, "I hear Yanny but my dad and boyfriend hear Laurel I'm shook."
Michael Weiss added, "My wife and I just listened through my laptop speakers - she heard Yanny and I heard Laurel and now I feel like I'm living in a simulation."
User Dani said she was flashing back to "the dress". "And I want to know if the people hearing Yanny saw a blue and black dress and the people hearing Laurel saw a white and gold one," she wrote.
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.
Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, told The Verge that frequency was to blame.
He said the acoustic information that makes us hear Yanny was higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear Laurel.
As we get older we start to lose our hearing at the higher frequency ranges, so in theory those with poor hearing will only hear Laurel.
laurel wtf— Adelaine M♡RIN (@AdelaineMorin) May 15, 2018
yanny....wtf y’all talking about? it’s definitely yanny! 😒— lexy rose (@imlexyrose) May 15, 2018
If you pick up on the higher pitch it’s Yanny amd the lower pitch is Laurel. I heard Yanny 10 times before I could hear Laurel.— Biscuits (@wiscoinferno) May 15, 2018