Doesn't matter one bit. I can read with or without background noise. Funny thing is though, as a writer, I usually need music in order to write. I don't like silence when I'm writing, it's distracting.
I don't know anymore. I used to get criticized for reading with the TV on. I was told you couldn't do both. I guess I just wasn't aware of that.
With everyone gone, I don't concern myself with it too much anymore.