What do you hear: Yanny or Laurel?

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

The clip was posted to Twitter by YouTube personality Cloe Feldman and the tweet had almost 14 million views by late Wednesday afternoon.

An audio snippet with just two syllables has ignited an internet meltdown, dividing social media users into staunchly opposed camps: do you hear "Yanny" or "Laurel?"

The cartoon characters, crafted to look like their users, are shouting the words heard in the clip.

Do you hear what I hear? If you have hearing loss, it could affect a particular frequency, allowing you to hear only one of the two variations. Take our online poll and let us know: Yanny or Laurel?

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. The "ya" and "la" sounds that start the two words are similar and so are the ending sounds, he said. Primary information that would be present in a high quality recording or in person is "weakened or attenuated", Story says, even as the brain is eagerly looking for patterns to interpret.

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

"Age can play a role, as well as expectations, Spoor said". Now that the brain is primed to cut through the noise, you will probably be able to hear "The juice of lemons makes fine punch".

It can also depend on what you're listening to the clip on and where you're listening, McCreery said.