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    Today, I can hear "laurel", but only on the +30% pitch version - all else still sounds like Yanny. Weird.
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    I hear Yanny.
    It seems that higher melatonin levels protect from high-frequency hearing loss:
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    Quote Posted by Ivanhoe (here)
    The first sounded like laurel, but the second sounded like yarry or gary to me, not yanny
    Anyone else, or is my hearing shot?! lol
    I sure hope not, this is exactly what I heard.

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    What does it mean?


    Generational subliminal messages: youth hear one thing while their parents/grand parents hear another out of the same "music." Both would swear the others are completely wrong... right?
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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    This Wired.com article talks about the history of the recording, which might be of interest to some. It also notes a few other explanations.

    Thankfully, scientists have an explanation for why people hear different things when they listen to the recording. A number of academics chimed in to explain the phenomenon on Twitter. They said that the clip is an "ambiguous figure," or as one auditory neuroscientist explained it to The Verge1, the audio version of "Rubin's Vase," an optical illusion where two people's profiles can also be seen as a flower vase. In other words, it's an optical illusion, except for your ears. There's not really a correct answer either way. The reason that the recording is so contested is likely because it's noisy, meaning there are lots of different frequencies captured. What you hear depends on which frequencies your brain emphasizes.

    The higher frequency sounds in the recording make people hear "Yanny," whereas the lower frequencies cause others to swear they hear "Laurel." What you hear depends on what sounds your brain is paying attention to, your past experiences, and what you're expecting to hear. What word you experience might also have to do with your age. Older adults often start losing their hearing within the higher-frequency range, meaning it's possible that more young people hear "Yanny."

    There are also other, technical explanations. For example, what you hear might have to do with your speakers, your headphones, or the acoustics in the room. "The main reason (I suspect) people hear this differently is because different headphones and speakers filter the frequencies of the sound in different ways," tweeted Dana Boebinger, a PhD student at Harvard and MIT studying auditory perception, in a thread breaking down the illusion. There's also what platform you heard it on first—the differences in the audio could have something do with how Twitter or Instagram compresses video files.

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    Guess I've been watching too much NBA basketball.
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    If someone names their two children Yanny & Laurel they will be in for a big surprise when the kids get asked to do their chores they'll blame not doing them because you never asked them but only their sibling... For example when Laurel doesnt do them she could say, "I thought you were asking Yanny to do the chores"...lol

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