Laurel or Yanny?
Has the Laurel vs. Yanny sound comparison showed up in your social media feed yet? Similar to last year’s Blue Dress vs. Brown Dress visual comparison – this one involves sound. An automated voice was recorded playing the word “Laurel” but some people heard “Yanny”. Why is this? Is there something wrong with the hearing of the people who heard Yanny?
Dr. Kristen Decelles, our Audiologist assures us that this isn’t the case. “It may be related to the frequencies that a person is able to hear,” she said, “It could also have to do with the device used to play the sound,” she added. This article helps to shed some light on this new phenomena sweeping social media – and it even provides a link to a New York Times piece with a tool to alter the sound so you can hear both Laurel & Yanny (very useful for those heated debates!).