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Explanation behind the "Yanny" or "Laurel" Debate

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"Ehh, it's closer to the 'Yanny'" says Derek Moser.

"I'm getting 'floral'" says Evan Martin.

This recording is not only dividing the internet, but friends as well.

I asked Derek if he say in anyway how Evan got "floral" out of the recording.

"No, it's ludicrous! Ha ha!"

But Evan wasn't the only one leaning towards Team Laurel.

Out of the 12 people I asked, seven initially heard "Laurel", two heard "Yanny", and three heard something else. 

Audiologist, Dr. Suzanne Long has been a mix of Team Laurel and Team Yanny as the day went on.

"The first time I listened to it, I could hear both 'Laurel' and 'Yanny' and then I started to hear 'Larry', that was on my home computer"

As we listen on her work computer, she makes another switch.

"I'm hearing 'Yanny!'" 

She says one factor playing into this, is what you're listening to the recording on. Whether it's a phone or computer, or whether your device has high resolution speakers. And maybe even your hearing ability.

"If you have a little degree of high, high hearing loss like pitched hearing loss, you may hear "Laurel" more than you hear 'Yanny'"

Yet another factor as to why nobody wins the debate, she says the recording is manipulated.

"If you record something, when you look at it in a visual representation, there's going to be a certain amount of base and a certain amount of treble and every sound has it's own amount of volume. And so 'Laurel' has one way of looking on a visual representation, 'Yanny' has a different way. The recording doesn't look like either one of them, it's actually kind of a mix of both, where it kind of boosts a little more in the middle, where it wouldn't normally in each word by itself"

So whether you're Team Laurel, Team Yanny or Team Other.

 One woman guessed "Youie" or "Really"

It turns out we're all winners.

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