Laurel or Yanny? What we heard from the experts

Laurel or Yanny? What we heard from the experts

Laurel or Yanny? What we heard from the experts

Jessica Bell, an audiologist at Main Line Health said, "You don't just hear with your ears, you hear with your brain".

The latest question to cause office debates and split the Internet is (drumroll please): laurel or yanny?

Outside the Toyota Center many say otherwise.

"I literally just turned all frequencies below 1khz to negative 70 decibels and I still hear 'laurel, '" someone said on Reddit.

Some people hear Yanny being pronounced and others hear Laurel after listening to the same recording.

Alicia Spoor, president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, agreed the quality was not good.

She added that our brains want to "categorize" the elements of speech when they are ambiguous, as in this case passing them either into the "Laurel" box or "Yanny" box.

For many people, the ears hear one at first before adjusting to the frequency and hearing the other. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that everything at her show stopped to see what people heard. But when he tried the clip again back at his desk, he heard "laurel". He'll be like, "I heard Yanny" and [others] will be like, 'Clearly, it's Laurel, then.

Some say it's "laurel; others say it's "yanny". Sure, we guessed it had something to do with subtle differences in sensory capability, which eventually explained why people saw "the dress" differently.

"Age can play a role, as well as expectations, Spoor said".

Bunta said, "What I did I went ahead and took the bottom, the lower portion of the signal and this is what it sounds like Laurel".

For an analogy, she cited the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Bad Moon Rising:" "There's a bad moon on the rise" versus "there's a bathroom on the right".

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