I just got back from my appointment with my audiologist to let him know about the pain I've been having in my right ear. It was a very quick appointment - he took a look at my ear and saw a scratch but also went ahead and filed down the mold itself in case it was too big. He gave me some lubricant to put on for a few days and set me up with an appointment in 2 weeks.
He also gave me four packs of batteries, which is awesome. I am getting batteries for free from them for 3 years, and I like having a lot of the little guys laying around, so a stash is great for me. I'm getting just 3 days out of the Energizer brand, but 7 days out of the Ray-O-Vac Proline batteries I've been getting lately.
So far I've not been having any of the same pain. He was also worried about feedback, and while I have heard some, it's nothing extreme and not frequent. I'm feeling optimistic!