Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? We explain the odd auditory illusion

Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? We explain the odd auditory illusion

Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? We explain the odd auditory illusion

That's the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is "yanny" or "laurel".

WBOC chose to head to Laurel, Delaware to see what people who live there think about this debate. That may be why younger people around you may hear "Yanny", while others hear "Laurel". So the debate will continue on around Laurel and around the world. That, or some people have impeccable hearing.

Things quickly got heated, as people everywhere began to chime in on what they heard. As the bass is adjusted, the word seems to shift.

So what do you hear?

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An audio sample making the rounds online is proving so perplexing, what people hear sometimes depends on the time of day, or the device they're listening on.

In the comment section of where the post first appeared on Reddit, someone explained that the difference in audio perception has to do with bass frequencies.

Headphones and speakers can also play a role in this, depending on the quality of the set, or if they are tinny. What could alter what you hear are your headphones or audio equipment. You might actually hear sounds differently than the person next to you.

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