Unusual sound is breaking the internet, what do you hear?

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Richmond added: "It's an interesting example of how people's ears are different, and that your hearing changes over time, with the most common thing being that is, as people age, they lose high frequency response".

They speculate that there are two separate voices in the recording, one saying "Laurel" at a lower frequency and the other saying "Yanny" at a higher frequency.

Poppy Crum, chief scientist at Dolby Labs in San Francisco, said the environment in which one listens, including whether headphones or a speaker are used, affects the intensity of the frequencies, and hence what one hears. "So whichever you're more dominant to is what you're going to lean to, and why you're so persistent on it, that's what you think you hear".

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

But he said it was also more hard to determine the word in this particular recording because it is "not real speech". But when he tried the clip again back at his desk, he heard "laurel".

"I'd like to declare something that is just so obvious, it is Laurel and not Yanny", he said.

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"It just depends on the audio and the equipment that you're using", he said. We also now know from recent research that the superior temporal gyrus is extremely important for hearing pitch.

Also, he said the clip illustrates that our brains decide what it wants to hear if there is an ambiguous signal like this one.

YouTube channel Nerd It Up dissected the recording as well, concluding that which word you hear depends on the pitch of the recording.

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