Combat Arms Earplugs & Hearing Loss – 3M Lawsuits

Combat Arms Earplugs & Hearing Loss – 3M Lawsuits

Lawsuits seek compensation for military men and women put at risk for hearing loss.

3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawsuit Claims

Between 2003 – 2015, the U.S. military issued 3M Company Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) to thousands of military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as domestically. Unbeknownst to these men and women, they were put at unnecessary risk for permanent hearing loss or impairment due to a design defect.

Recently, 3M faced allegation in a whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act. The lawsuit claimed the company knowingly sold defective earplugs to the U.S. Military from 2003-2015.

In July 2018, 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to the military to resolve these allegation. However, it is important to note that even though 3M paid the settlement the company never accepted blame for any wrongdoing.

Furthermore, due to the nature of the lawsuit, none of the settlement amount won in 2018 will directly benefit injured military personnel. That is why the defective products lawyers at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys now accept 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs claims for review.

Our law firm is pursuing civil lawsuits on behalf of the injured to obtain compensation for hearing loss and other damages caused by these defective earplugs.

If you or a loved one meet the following criteria, you may be entitled to recover compensation:

How 3M Company’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Failed to Protect

3M Company claimed that their Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, version 2 (CAEv2) were designed to provide two levels of noise protection. The company claimed, one side worked to block out sound like other ordinary earplugs. When turned, the other side was supposed to block out high-level impulsive noises such as gunshots and explosions.

However, an investigation later conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice found the now discontinued combat earplugs to be too short. The defective earplugs could also gradually loosen without the wearers knowledge. Both of these design defects put military servicemembers unknowingly at risk of exposure to damaging noise levels. This exposure could later contribute to permanent hearing loss or tinnitus.       

Discontinued 3M combat arms earplugs.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss/Tinnitus

According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic exposure to loud noises can play a significant role in contributing to hearing loss. Furthermore, most types of hearing loss are irreversible and can interfere with daily life.

The following include common symptoms of hearing loss:

  • Speech and other sounds appear distorted.
  • Strain to follow conversations among larger groups.
  • Conversations over the phone are also difficult to follow.  
  • Generally think others mumble and need to speak up.
  • Volume decimal levels set higher for TVs/radios.   
  • Sudden urge to withdrawal and avoid social settings.

Consequently, tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying health condition, such as an ear injury. Most people with this condition claim to hear low or loud phantom sounds in their ears that resemble:

  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Ringing
  • Roaring
  • Whistling

These sounds can be continuous or intermittent. Also, depending on the severity, a person can find tinnitus distracting to the point they can’t focus at work or complete required tasks essential to their livelihood.    

What Criteria is Required to File a 3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one meet the following criteria, you may have entitlement to recover compensation through an individual 3M combat arms earplugs lawsuit:

  • Served in the military between 2003-2015.
  • Issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs during service.
  • Suffer from permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

In fact, this criteria applies even if you currently receive disability or other service related benefits.

Why You Should File a Hearing Loss/Tinnitus Claim

Manufacturers that put the safety of others behind turning a profit should be held accountable for negligence. In this case, 3M’s alleged negligence failed to adequately protect the hearing of thousands of service men and women. Which, in turn, unnecessarily put servicemembers at risk of later suffering permanent hearing loss or other impairments.

This loss can negatively affect a person’s ability to find employment as well as decrease their overall quality of life.   

Please contact us at (504) 345-1111, or submit a case review form online for a free 3M combat dual-ended earplugs claim evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for any hearing damage suffered to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain, and more.

Our experienced product liability legal team is available 24/7. Don’t delay, as time restrictions may apply!


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