My tinnitus is quiet, yet somewhat paradoxically I find it impossible to mask it for any extended period of time. I can find temporary relief with new sound mixes I haven't heard before, but after 15 minutes or so I totally understand the sound and can find the tinnitus sounds layered in it. At that point it's just as noticeable as if I was in silence. Every time I try to mask, I take it as a challenge to find my tinnitus in the mix. It's how I always treated sounds and music when relaxing, to analyze and break them down into their basic parts until I perfectly understood it. It was a fun game to me that I really enjoyed. I just want to be able to feel like normal again, but now I'm always aware of the flaws in my hearing and they have to be corrected. But it's impossible. It's all I think about and I don't want to think about it anymore. Not sure why I wrote this, maybe just to vent and share my experience. If anyone can suggest masking methods or had similar issues I'd appreciate hearing about it.