Children with dyslexia find it harder to hear in noisy classrooms than those without the condition, a US study says.
Pupils with poor reading skills were also more likely to struggle to retain information when there was background noise, researchers reported in Neuron. They said the findings, based on tests on 30 children, might help to develop new ways to diagnose the condition.
The team from Northwestern University, in Chicago, said pupils with dyslexia might also need extra support in class.
They said placing children with dyslexia in front of the teacher could make a big difference. And they suggested other steps, such as providing such pupils with wireless technologies and noise-reducing headphones to pick up information better.
Dyslexia is a neurological disorder which affects reading and spelling skills in between 5% to 10% of children.