Yanny vs Laurel: the debate rages on

Cloe Feldman

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We were discussing this in the KHQ Newsroom too and it seems like everyone is split.

A post from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office questions how to give directions to Laurel Valley Road, if potentially some may hear Yanny.

So what exactly is going on?

Go to the page for "laurel" (yep, that's officially the word in the clip) and click the audio icon. "They're like eight-year-old treehouse buddies with those cans on strings, gossiping about which girls they secretly paid off, or whether it's Yanny or Laurel", Noah said. "A - E, Laurel, ah and Yanny, aw, I don't know how you could confuse the ah, and the aw even if you have a significant hearing loss".

People listening to the exact same recording hear totally different things. "If you pay attention to the treble, the high frequencies or high pitches, you primarily hear Yanny", says Dr. Jace Wolfe with Hearts for Hearing.

By now you've heard the "Laurel recording". Some people saw a gold and white striped dress in a now viral photo, while others saw the colors blue and black. "How is it possible that people can hear one word or the other?"

Cloe Feldman
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Laurel or Yanny? Yanny or Laurel?

Everyone heard "Dez caught it", right?

Houde added that making quick-fire, perceptual decisions about the words and sounds we hear all day is how we get through life.

"If you change the amount of times you listen to it, that may be a consideration". As a result, "your brain makes all kinds of predictions' about what it thinks you're hearing, he said".

Our ears learn at a young age to pick up clues about the vowels people spit out by focusing on frequencies at which certain sounds tend to resonate.

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