Here’s how you can choose to hear ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’
It has to do with a host of things, including your own biases.
This following recording is basically the audio version of the dress that’s either gold and white or blue and black:
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
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.
Okay, you're not crazy. If you can hear high freqs, you probably hear "yanny", but you *might* hear "laurel". If you can't hear high freqs, you probably hear laurel. Here's what it sounds like without high/low freqs. RT so we can avoid the whole dress situation. #yanny #laurel 🙄 pic.twitter.com/RN71WGyHwe
— Dylan Bennett (@MBoffin) May 16, 2018
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.