The news sweeping the nation is all about Yanny versus Laurel. Have you heard about it?Or, let’s ask, what do you hear when you listen to the soundbite recording? There’s one recording, but some people hear the word “Yanny,” while others hear the word “Laurel.” The two are vastly different. It’s kind of like an optical illusion, where some people see a duck and others see a bunny. Shading allows the artist to draw two things that occupy the same space. With the recording, it’s all about frequency. With the Yanny versus Laurel story, Laurel is the correct word. A student played the word Laurel and heard Yanny. Now, everyone is talking about what is heard.
Everyone hears differently
Your ears collect sounds, while the brain interprets them.The frequencies your brain is tuned into will determine what you hear, scientists think. Your ears are unique. Someone else’s ears on your head would sound differently, according to a psychologist who studies speech science. He says that differently shaped ears hear differently.
In addition, everyone’s brain is unique. Perspective, background, and experience are all factors that influence the brain. All factors put together, including with your ears, it’s no wonder there’s a big debate on what’s heard.
Your particular hearing needs
If you have hearing loss and want to see a hearing instrument specialist, keep in mind your particular hearing needs. A professional can help you select what’s best for you, according to what you hear. For more information, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.