By Kate Raddatz

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It is the biggest internet debate since the infamous black and blue — or white and gold — dress of 2015.

Do you hear Laurel or Yanny?

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“It’s complicated,” said Dr. David Geddes, an audiologist at Health Partners.

He says one theory for the two words is auditory perception. There are variations in how we each perceive sound.

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“If somebody is color blind, it’s not that they don’t see blue, it’s when they look at blue they perceive it as a different color,” Geddes said. “When somebody hears the ‘L’ in Laurel, they hear something different.”

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Also, our ears may pick up different higher or lower frequencies, and the frequencies from the audio clip could be altered depending if you are listening on a laptop, headphones or a phone.

This could explain why one person can hear Laurel one time, and Yanny another.

Geddes heard Yanny — but is there a right answer?

“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer to this,” Geddes said.

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Sorry Yanny fans, but the original recording from Vocabulary.com is listed as the pronunciation for the word “Laurel.”

Kate Raddatz