Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dallas Cowboys put their spin on the 'Yanny' vs. 'Laurel' debate

Dallas Cowboys put their spin on the 'Yanny' vs. 'Laurel' debate

Some people hear Yanny being pronounced and others hear Laurel after listening to the same recording.

Here at the Chief, of the six people who've heard the audio, four people hear "Yanny", while one person hears "Laurel".

Depending on where you listen from, you might hear both. "They are saying they hear Yanny because they want attention", Domenic Zenga replied.

"I hear Laurel when I put it up to my ear, but when somebody else does it near me I hear Yanny", Tyler Bush explained.

Shared by YouTube vlogger Cloe Coutoure, the seemingly simple clip has divided online users across the globe - and has a whole lot more asking why.

"So with a recording that's somewhat ambiguous and low-quality, it's not surprising that some people may flip those when they're perceiving that word", Story says.

Jody Kreiman, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Linguistics at UCLA, said listeners would normally have "semantic context" to interpret what they are hearing.

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The answer to why people hear it differently may come down to their brains.

On Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel had some fun with the national Laurel vs. Yanny debate. Someone with mild hearing damage (from earphones, working in loud environments or just from aging) will be more likely to hear "Laurel". "If you lose the high frequencies, the illusion goes away".

It's basically the audio equivalent of "The Dress" photo that went viral a few years ago - people either thought it was white and gold or blue and black.

David Monahan said the audio clip "was Yanny when I listened on my computer and Laurel on my phone".

But it turns out there is a reason we all hear something different and, unfortunately, it's got a lot to do with hearing loss.

But Cavanaugh still says no matter what you hear, you're not wrong or right if you hear one over the other.

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