I am trying to figure out if my experience is normal compared to the rest others with tinnitus. I can hear it anywhere without background noise. I can hear it in a quiet room with just a TV on, in a doctor's office, etc. I can't hear it in a grocery store, on the street, etc. When it's quiet it's loud, like an alarm going off. The longer I hear it the louder it gets, yet it seems to take less sound to cover it up than the amount of sound it produces when it's quiet.