'Laurel' or 'Yanny'? People can't decide but we may have the answer

Eloise Marshall
May 17, 2018

Some people who listen to this audio file hear one thing; others hear something completely different.

A post from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office questions how to give directions to Laurel Valley Road, if potentially some may hear Yanny.

"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.

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

Does the pitch alter what you hear?

So while the audio clip was made for the word laurel, it would appear Team Yanny has the better hearing.

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The two words mesh well enough to be combined into one recording. People in the room disagreed about what they were hearing.

Today, Szabo said that he was working some time ago on a school project and recorded the voice from a vocabulary website playing through the speakers on his computer. On Tuesday evening, Feldman said in a video that she was fielding multiple interview requests and searching for the original creator.

Nobody can tell if this recording says "Yanny" or "Laurel".

"Over time with the wear and tear process that comes with aging, exposure to loud noises, we tend to lose those hair cells in the high pitch range first", says Wolfe.

The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media. Let us know in the comments section below. "I can't figure out how one would hear yanny".

RNZ Auckland staffers unanimously heard "Yanny" in the clip, however further investigations showed it was possible to hear both words depending on the type of headphones worn.

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