Laurel vs Yanny: What do you hear?

"It's all in how our brain processes sound, so each word laurel and yanny have a different frequency level".

Missy Coyne, a speech language pathologist at Rose Medical Center, says there are plenty of theories.

Why do some people hear "Yanny" and others hear "Laurel", and others seems to be able to switch between them? The clip was actually a video of an Instagram poll asking users to vote on which word they heard. "Laurel." "I'm hearing Yanny now".

"Usually the people who hear Yanny, I think they hear it higher, kind of a higher pitched", Goetz said.

The US Department of Defense made light of the controversy on its Twitter account, with a photo of a US Marine Corps instructor berating a recruit: "I said it's #Yanny, recruit, not #Laurel!".

"I hear Laurel and everyone is a liar".

It is the biggest internet debate since the infamous black and blue - or white and gold - dress of 2015. There were also others who claimed that they heard both names.

Story analyzed the acoustic features of the words
Story analyzed the acoustic features of the words"Yanny and"Laurel. Brad Story hide caption

Szabo had been working on a school project, looked up the word, played the recording - and those who heard it couldn't agree, the The New York Times reported.

"The first few times it was Yanny, Yanny, Yanny, then I could hear Yan-al, Yan-al, and now I'm hearing Laurel, Laurel, Laurel", said Paul.

It can also depend on what you're listening to the clip on and where you're listening, McCreery said. If you can't hear high freqs, you probably hear laurel.

McCreery said it's likely because the different devices - computers, phones and headphones - produce different ranges of frequencies.

All of us are arguing with each other about what's right or wrong.

The important piece of the puzzle, Rosevere said, is the quality of the clip. Team Laurel takes the win this time!

  • Salvatore Jensen