U of A linguists dissect viral 'Laurel' and 'Yanny' audio clip

"I did not create Yanny vs Laurel." she said.

On China's Twitter equivalent Weibo, internet users are scratching their heads over what's really being said in a clip known to some as the audio version of The Dress.

The laurel/yanni debate went viral for a reason: It asked an innocuous question that prompted inexplicable answers.

"Laurel, and then I can hear Yanny as well", Tricia Grishaw, who works at Sal's said.

"Your way of perceiving speech is nearly by definition right, because it's served you well for all these years, understanding other people's speech", he said.

What's causing 10,000,000 people to hear such different sounds? "It's just as much of a fierce debate in my office as it is anywhere else", he said.

Szabo's post showed an Instagram poll asking which name people heard. It is Laurel and not Yanny alright.

And more than one person online yearned for that simpler time in 2015, when no one could decide whether the mother of the bride wore white and gold or blue and black. Even some doctors of audiology at Main Line Health are split. The clip was posted a few days ago, and now hundreds of thousands of people are engaged in a debate over what they hear. "When somebody hears the "L" in Laurel, they hear something different". Personally, I heard "Yanny" on a cheap PC speaker, but "Laurel" on better earphones myself. Let us know in the comments section below.

And older adults tend to start losing their hearing at the higher frequency ranges.

Basically, if you hear "yanny", you're hearing acoustic information from a higher frequency. Whether you hear one or the other depends on the device that you are using as well as your own ears' sensitivity.

  • Kyle Peterson