Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?

Laurel or Yanny? This audio clip is driving the internet crazy

This week, people on the internet are torn over a viral clip in which a computer-generated voice can be heard saying a two-syllable word.

While most (sensible, right-minded) listeners hear the voice say "Laurel", a significant portion of listeners are hearing "Yanny".

Much like the debate about whether people saw a black and blue or white and gold dress, everyone hears something different in the audio track. Are you exhausted of reading the words "Yanny" and "Laurel" yet?!? Where else can you switch "Yanny" or "Laurel" teams-even just for a moment?

"I don't know how to explain it bro", said RolandCamry.

Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres said the debate was so big that "literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny".

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Laurel or Yanny? Yanny or Laurel?

Those who are older usually are unable to hear higher frequencies, and are more likely to hear "Laurel", while those who are younger are more inclined to hear "Yanny".

YouTube channel Nerd It Up dissected the recording as well, concluding that which word you hear depends on the pitch of the recording. But it's still most certainly "laurel".

Matt Mikkelsen, a sound and audio engineer, agreed with Nusbaum, adding that how you listen to the recording can also change what you hear. (In our small, unscientific Slack debate, the Yanny/Laurel divide didn't split cleanly through age ranges, however.) Or, it could be the speakers you're using to listen to the file, and which frequencies they're emphasizing.

The "audio illusion" is leaving the Internet confused, no matter which side. [Editor's note: It was not in unison.] The pair each tried a number of headphones ranging from nice to incredibly crappy and still heard only "Laurel".

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