DYSLEXIA CAN MAKE KIDS DEAF

December 30, 2009 · Filed Under Dyslexia 

Study may improve teaching

Dyslexia can affect youngsters’ hearing as well as reading ability, scientists have claimed.

Kids with the condition have difficulty listening to teachers above background classroom noise.

The findings could see new ways of diagnosing sufferers based on hearing tests. It may also see them put at the front of class or provided with wireless devices to pick up information better.

Research leader Prof Nina Kraus, of Northwestern University, illinois, US, said: “It brings us closer to understanding sensory processing in children who experience difficulty excluding irrelevant noise.

“It provides an index that can help in assessing children with reading problems.” UK experts said the study could help schools improve how they taught dyslexics.

One in 10 of the British population is thought to suffer to some degree.

Dr Kate Saunders of the British Dyslexia Association said: “A range of research demonstrates the way dyslexic individuals process auditory material is different to non-dyslexic learners.

“Teachers should be made aware of these differences to plan how best to help these children.”

In the study, both dyslexic kids with poor reading and pupils without the condition were made to listen to a repeated sound amid a noisy background. Prof Kraus said: “The ability to fine-tune repeating elements is crucial to hearing speech in noise.”

Colleague Dr Bharath Chandrasekaran, added: “Good readers tuned into the sound and sharpened it. Poor readers did not.”

2 MILLION adults in the UK suffer from severe dyslexia

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