We were discussing this in the KHQ Newsroom too and it seems like everyone is split.
So what exactly is going on?
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.
If you go back to the original source, which is a vocabulary site, the clip is clearly Laurel.
The explanation is that as we get older, we tend to start losing our hearing at higher frequency ranges.
A short audio clip is completely puzzling the world and pitting friend against friend in the online debate.
Raising the pitch of the sound file causes many people to hear it more often as "Laurel", while lowering the pitch causes people to hear it more often as "Yanny". Things got so confusing that they had to change their address out of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.
"I hear Laurel and everyone is a liar".
"It's complicated", said Dr. David Geddes, an audiologist at Health Partners. Some people saw a gold and white striped dress in a now viral photo, while others saw the colors blue and black. If you can't hear high freqs, you probably hear laurel.
Circulating elsewhere on the internet was the line: "Man Calls Girlfriend "Yanny" During Sex, Swears He Said "Laurel".
Some speculated that the differences might be related to hearing loss or the age of the listener.
Wolfe thinks those that hear Yanny may have younger ears compared to those hearing Laurel.
"What we do know is when you modulate the base of each word you may hear one or the other", said Cavanaugh.