'Yanny Or Laurel' Creator Gives The REAL Answer! That Voice Is Saying…

Cristina Cross
May 17, 2018

It turns out that our brains can shift pretty easily between hearing yanny and laurel, just based on how low or high the frequency of the recording gets.

A tweet from Cloe Feldman on Monday has caused a social media firestorm. What most people are listening to is a clip from Roland Szabo, a high school student in Georgia. She said she heard laurel.

A viral audio clip has everyone asking each other: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

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Jody Kreiman, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Linguistics at UCLA, said listeners would normally have "semantic context" to interpret what they are hearing. Jessica Bell, an audiologist at Main Line Health said, "You don't just hear with your ears, you hear with your brain". We also now know from recent research that the superior temporal gyrus is extremely important for hearing pitch.

In response to her text, Novak said, "Obviously Laurel ... who hears Yanny?".

While the experts theorized, online sleuths were hard at work manipulating the bass, pitch or volume. It is known that some sounds are audible only to people younger than 25.

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Dr. Voellinger said older people might be more prone to hearing laurel because they may be more likely to lose their high-frequency hearing.

Yet making those adjustments did not change the word for some.

Some have said the speakers used have something to do what an individual hears.

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That's right. The question comes from an audio clip which you've probably heard coming out of a speaker or phone in the past couple days. "I can't figure out how one would hear yanny". In the meantime, baffle your friends and astound your enemies, until the next random internet phenomenon has you doubting your own senses.

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