Here’s how you can choose to hear ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’

It has to do with a host of things, including your own biases.

By Belmont Lay | May 17, 2018

This following recording is basically the audio version of the dress that’s either gold and white or blue and black:

Basically, 50 percent of people can hear “Yanny”, while the other 50 percent can hear “Laurel”.

Some can even hear both at the same time, or have no problem switching from one to other, back and forth.

Hear it both ways

Instead of blaming some poltergeist, whether you hear “Yanny” or “Laurel” depends on you absorbing lower or higher frequencies of sound.

Delete the higher frequencies and “Laurel” becomes more pronounced.

Do the same with the lower frequencies and “Yanny” emerges.


Hearing one or the other in any given moment depends on a whole host of factors.

These include the quality of the speakers you’re using, your hearing sensitivities, whether you have hearing loss, the audio-processing regions of your brain, and your expectations.

For the fuller technical explanation, this article is helpful.

But to expand and test the scope of this phenomenon to find out if auditory weirdness also affects animals, call your pet “Yanny” for the first half of its life.

Then, call it “Laurel” starting from the second half of its life and see if it still responds to you.

About Belmont Lay

Belmont can pronounce "tchotchke".

Morning Commute

Interesting stories to discuss with your colleagues in office later