You might be on to something there Tom!
First let me say I cant believe how much attention this silly issue is getting. Its a strange world!
But also, I have yet to meet ANYONE who doesn't hear "Laurel" (No matter how its EQ'd or how shty their phone's audio sounds.)
And then theres this- EVERY young person I know has either more hearing loss than I do, or the attention span of a gnat. Or both.
So, I suppose its possible- that the rare person with youthful hearing, ability to listen to one recorded word without distraction and a "smart" phone might hear something odd.