Yanny or Laurel - like the white or blue dress debate


#1

Latest twitter debate I thought some may be interested in

Laurel or Yanny? What you hear could depend on hearing loss - ABC News

I heard Yanny. (With & without aids using my iPad)


#2

Hahahaha, I hear Luarel, my wife hears Yanny.


#3

Yanny here. Nothing that sounds like Laurel.


#4

Laurel here. Don’t hear Yanny at all


#5

I heard Laurel but once when I wasn’t concentrating, I was doing something else whilst listening I did hear yanny although a lot faster than laurel. I actually went to do it again and only heard Laurel. Odd!!


#6

I used headphones, flat eq and un-aided - laurel
I used headphones, my eq settings and un-aided - laurel
I’m not sure if it’s a very good test with how I used headphones with the aids but back to flat eq - laurel still
I may have imagined hearing a little sorta clicking at the end.


#7

Absolutely laurel. Yanny pronounced differently, with less speed.


#8

Without aids it was a clear Laurel.

With aids it sounded like GI. (as in GI Joe)


#9

I watched PBS last night when this topic was discussed. With my ha’s I heard “moral” and replayed it four times. I clearly never heard “laurel” or “yanny.”


#10

I’m going nuts…tried here…heard YARRY !!! On TV yesterday, clearly YANNY. Off the deep end for sure rats.


#11

Laurel for me, with and without aids.

This article has a player with an adjustable slider to vary the frequencies:


I hear Yanny with the slider almost all the way to the right.

Question - what sort of aids or adjustments would I need to hear Yanny with the original recording?


#12

Me again - forgot to mention I lost my right HA a few years ago…so this is naked hearing ! Toronto.


#13

Different speakers could contribute to that.


#14

Without HAs, I heard Laurel. With HAs, I heard Yerry (i.e., sounds like Jerry but beginning with a Y rather than a J). Interesting!


#15

I don’t hear anything with this clip - listening via iPad with sound at maximum so I guess it isn’t compatible with my iPad.


#16

It works ok on my ipad.

A friend tells me he hears Yammy.


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#18

It’s Yanny to me on a normal set of PC speakers at about 30% volume.

Quite easy to see why too. The leading and trailing edges of the phonemes in (e)Yanny(e) use a high frequency E sound (and to some extent the N), but some people don’t perceive it, so you’re left with the lower elements of the E and the rest of of the word - the difference between Larry and Lanny is marginal anyway in terms of a HF loss.


#19

That’s good. It’s a problem with script. First glance one might think it’s a Y. Got the a and the u. The r isn’t very clean to bring in ambiguity but in it’s eventual context an r is decided. Got the e and l. So then it’s decided that it must be an L to get Laurel because Yaurel doesn’t make sense (in English…to me).


#20

I heard something but I can’t say what it was (severe hearing loss)