Tell us what you hear: Yanny or Laurel?

Tell us what you hear: Yanny or Laurel?

It's the audio equivalent of "the dress", which drove America insane back in 2015 as millions disputed whether the outfit was white and gold or black and blue.

RNZ Auckland staffers unanimously heard "Yanny" in the clip, however further investigations showed it was possible to hear both words depending on the type of headphones worn.

We also took to the streets to find out what Ottawans heard, and you can check out the responses in the video above. Why would people hear two totally different words?

Some have said the speakers used have something to do what an individual hears. What about laurel and yanny? Both words share a U-shaped pattern, though they correspond to different sets of frequencies that the vocal tract produces, Story explains.

Next, listen to this clip, which is no longer noisy.

Does age or health matter in terms of how you hear the clip?

"Part of this has got to do with some hearing loss associated with as you get older, that's going to certainly affect the high frequency more than the low frequency", Dr Vass said.

What is the recording actually saying?

"When you say the word "yanny" and "laurel", the waveform looks very similar for the first band of energy resonance".

Some internet dwellers have said the clip originated on vocabulary.com for the definition of laurel.

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