Bill. Your ear lobes barely have any nerve endings. I have three piercings on each ear. All I felt was a slight "pressure" when the needle zipped through instantaneously. It took 20 minutes. With six fresh piercings, I felt no pain whatsoever. I could "feel" my ear more, but it wasn't even discomfort. A few days later, I took out the temporary studs. That was it! End of story.