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


You couldn't get on social media Tuesday without seeing Team Yanny and Team Laurel going at it.

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. She posted the audio clip to her Instagram story, another student re-published it as a poll, and then a friend put it on Reddit, thus sparking the nationwide debate.

In perhaps the most vexing element of the debate, the majority of listeners hear beyond doubt one of the two words, with few waffling between the two. Although the words may sound completely different to you, the acoustics of the word are quite the same.

However, they report that age isn't the only reason that the audio may be heard differently by different people.

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But failing those theories, he said it "could just be a big internet hoax". As the bass is adjusted, the word seems to shift. It can also be the psychological properties of our hearing system. Well, your ears just might be different.

Amit Almor is a psychology professor at the University of SC. "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Norah O'Donell and John Dickerson heard "Laurel" while Gayle King heard "Yanny".

"I don't think there's a right or wrong answer to this", Geddes said. "It's definitely, definitely, definitely 'Yanny'".