'Yanny' or 'laurel'? It depends on your speakers

Angelo Anderson
May 17, 2018

As for the dress that caused an earlier commotion, some people said it was white and gold, while others saw blue and black.

The audio clip bends the question to what is heard, rather than what is seen, and people are fired up about it.

Those who hear lower frequencies more clearly are probably going to hear "Laurel", while those who hear higher frequencies better will likely hear "Yanny".

"I literally just turned all frequencies below 1khz to negative 70 decibels and I still hear 'laurel, '" someone said on Reddit.

I went to Northeast Hearing & Speech to chat with audiologists Jamie Healy and Hannah Millstine about how two people could listen to the same audio but hear two very different things.


Some have said the speakers used have something to do what an individual hears. Take our online poll and let us know: Yanny or Laurel?

I, however, continue to hear "Laurel". Both words share a U-shaped pattern, though they correspond to different sets of frequencies that the vocal tract produces, Story explains.

Does age or health matter in terms of how you hear the clip?

What is the recording actually saying? 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.

Some internet dwellers have said the clip originated on vocabulary.com for the definition of laurel.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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