"What we do know is when you modulate the base of each word you may hear one or the other", said Cavanaugh.
Scientists say if you hear Yanny, you are more likely to hear higher frequencies. "And Laurel, I hear Laurel, and that sounds like very a low kind of deep voice". Noah said. "We just need President Trump to tell us what he heard and then everyone will know what they think". And just like rabidly binging a true crime podcast or following a Twitter meltdown, the rise of laurel-vs-yanni was a ride from wild start to its logically-explained conclusions.
If you mess with the frequencies in a recording, you can change what people hear - it's similar to the way that our eyes can be tricked by an optical illusion.
So while the audio clip was made for the word laurel, it would appear Team Yanny has the better hearing.
Jody Kreiman, Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Linguistics at UCLA, said listeners would normally have "semantic context" to interpret what they are hearing. Szabo, 18, played the recorded vocabulary.com clip through his computer speakers for a school project, the New York Times reports.
"I did not create Yanny vs. Laurel", she said.
"Over time with the wear and tear process that comes with aging, exposure to loud noises, we tend to lose those hair cells in the high pitch range first", says Wolfe.
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"It's partly because of different frequencies in the audio file", Goetz said.
With some delving into the audio, there is a way to hear both, or maybe not.
Also, he said the clip illustrates that our brains decide what it wants to hear if there is an ambiguous signal like this one.
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