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Yanny or Laurel? Why you may hear something different than your friend hears

Posted at 6:15 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 21:15:41-04

Remember "the dress" that tore apart the internet in 2015? Well, there’s a new viral web controversy that has people questioning their senses once again.

It’s audio clip of a robotic voice has listeners taking sides over whether they hear the word "laurel" or "yanny." It all started when Cloe Feldman, under the handle @CloeCouture posted the clip to Twitter on Monday.

By Wednesday evening, it had more than 16.5 million views and the post had been retweeted more than 68,000 times.

Feldman posted this YouTube video on Tuesday explaining that her sister found the clip on a Reddit thread but the person who originally posted it was unknown.

Like with "the dress" three years ago, which some people saw blue and black and others saw white and gold, people are also divided with this audio clip.

So what’s causing the discrepancy? We spoke with local audiologist, Karen Scott. She says in a nutshell that some people have high frequency hearing loss which can cause people to hear things in different ways.

"The ears are picking up the sound and putting that sound into a neural code that is being sent via the auditory nerve to the auditory cortex where we’re actually interpreting what we heard," Scott explained.

But no scientific explanation is going to convince you that you hear "yanny" when you hear "laurel" or viceversa.

Let us know what you heard.