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Yanny or Laurel? Who cares when the reactions are this hilarious

Yanny or Laurel? Who cares when the reactions are this hilarious”

The recording apparently originated on Reddit.

"This is a relatively low quality signal that is played over a variety of devices and the sound was developed to be on a perceptual border", said Todd Ricketts of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Hearing and Speech Sciences Department.

Story says the two words have similar patterns that could be easy to be confused. But New Age musician Yanni was in the yanny camp.

Also, McCreery said, the words are acoustically similar.

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

A straw poll carried out among staff in AFP's Washington bureau counted 17 for Yanny, and 14 for Laurel. The last person cycles between hearing both "Laurel" and "Yanny". "If you lose the high frequencies, the illusion goes away". She said the complicated answer has to do with "resonance of the speech sounds". Does the voice say "Laurel" or "Yanny"?

Audiologist Dr Bill Vass told ABC Canberra it could be like a high-pitched mosquito ringtone school students use, which can usually only be heard by people under 25 years old - making it inaudible to many teachers.

I have no idea how anyone else can hear anything but "Laurel" - even when I heard a change in the bass level provided by another tweet.

She provides another example.



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