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Yanny or Laurel? Why everyone hears differently...

Posted by Amplifon Hearing Health Care on Jun 4, 2018 9:26:00 AM


Taking the internet by storm is the aggressive debate over what people hear - Yanny or Laurel. Or if you're Charles Barkley, you hear doughnut! The point is, no two people hear exactly the same and this is for any number of reasons such as:

  1. Age - the loss of hearing that gradually occurs and often occurs in both ears. Generally so gradual you may not realize that you've lost some of your ability to hear.
  2. Gender - hearing sensitivity declines more than twice as fast in men as in women at most ages and frequencies
  3. Noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss, is permanent and is a result of prolonged exposure to high levels of noise
  4. Environmental surroundings - ototoxic drugs, viral and bacterial infections, smoking, etc.
  5. Hearing loss - the result of inner ear or nerve damage. It may be caused by a congenital defect, injury, disease, certain medications, exposure to loud noise, or age-related wear and tear

Scheduling a hearing test can reveal exactly how you hear mapping out each frequency you can and perhaps cannot hear. 

2518_MISC Audiogram
Reasons why some people hear Yanny or Laurel aren’t dissimilar to the reasons why some people have trouble hearing high pitched voices or hearing in certain environments. "As we lose our hearing, we also lose our ability to “discriminate,” or understand, sounds — especially high-frequency speech sounds. The longer a person delays getting hearing help, the more challenging it is to provide assistance with speech discrimination." - Dr. Tom Tedeschi

Whether you hear Yanny or Laurel - we want to make sure we do all we can to protect our precious sense of hearing. Our providers know how to translate your audiogram into a custom hearing solution that’s precisely fit to you. Schedule a hearing test today to establish your baseline or take our quick online hearing test.

Topics: exposure, hearing loss, protect, hearing test, excessive noise exposure, noise-induced hearing loss, noise exposure, medication, smoking, illness & disease, Yanny v Laurel, environmental, ototoxic drugs, frequency, infections

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