We are all affected differently . I can't think of anything worse than having a ticking clock by the bed! Repetitive sounds drive me nuts! I have the opposite of a lot of people with tinnitus and that is highly sensitive hearing. If I'm in a quiet room at night, and have my watch on the table next to me, the faint tick of the second hand moving makes my tinnitus worse. I, also, can't be in crowded noisy places but have the opposite of Jimcub's situation. I can hear all the conversations and they become overwhelming.