There we go, so the stories I heard from other people I know weren't far fetched. Looks like I may have lucked out then.
In other news, the order has been officially placed and my receipt was received as of an hour ago. All that remains now is to book a appointment with an audiologist and in a few weeks I shall be the proud new owner of a brand spanking new UERM with funky artwork. I can hardly wait. Now to fight the urge to buy a pricey TOTL mobile amp for it