Tell us what you hear: Yanny or Laurel?

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 17, 2018

Why are people hearing two different things?

One sound clip is reportedly tearing the internet apart based exclusively on fighting surrounding whether, when played, the listener hears "Laurel" or "Yanny". It could be useful information as many people probably spent a good part of their last 24 hours either looking for your own hearing to be tested or suggesting that others do.

So now that you know what our team in Washington heard, CGTN America wants to know: what do you hear?

Story says the two words have similar patterns that could be easy to be confused.

They said older adults tend to start losing their hearing at the higher frequency ranges.

The poor quality and different audio settings, headphones or speakers could cause someone hear either laurel or yanny. For example, if you hear the sounds in either "Yanny" or "Laurel" more in your everyday life, you might be more likely to hear them here. She said the complicated answer has to do with "resonance of the speech sounds".

"Age can play a role, as well as expectations, Spoor said". Amid the background noise, you're able to focus on what your dining partner is saying. First, listen to this noisy clip and see if you can hear a sentence.

"We all perceive the world a little differently based on our experiences", she says.

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