Looking at the spectrogram, it seems to be somewhere between "Yanny" and "Laurel", so in a way, it is an ambiguous sound. How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the internet three years ago and raised questions of whether the mind and ear can be out of sync.
On The Late Show on Tuesday, Stephen Colbert suggested that the audio clip was "the song of summer", and danced to it playing on repeat.
It's the first great debate of 2018 as this short audio clip has gone viral.
"People hear something different than what I hear", Delilah Allison said.
Sluberski says how loud you make the sound can also influence what you hear. "How is it possible that people can hear one word or the other?"
Circulating elsewhere on the internet was the line: "Man Calls Girlfriend "Yanny" During Sex, Swears He Said "Laurel".
Don't be distracted that the same audio file now also accompanies the listing for the word, "yanny", such as it is, on Vocabulary.com. "Is the person more of a high-pitched voice or a low-pitched voice?"
But even if that explains which word was originally spoken, what accounts for the fact that some listeners hear something completely different?
"There are two different sounds on top of each other, and it was really dependent on what you heard".
"Watched this for 5 min and heard yanny.watched it 5 min later and I hear laurel".
Local experts say how your brain interprets the pitch of the word determines what you hear. Similarly, this polarizing audio clip sounds like "yanny" to some and "laurel" to others. Chrissy Teigen hears "Laurel".
Older adults don't hear high frequencies as well as younger people which is why they are able to pick up Laurel and not Yanny.