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3M® Defective Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit

Hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the primary symptoms associated with the use of 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs® Version 2 (CAEv2) by veterans who served in the military sometime between 2003 and 2015. Faulty product design inhibited proper insertion into the users’ ears, and the earplugs could not maintain a tight seal exposing the soldiers to dangerously loud sounds.

3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs® were standardly issued in certain branches of the United States military from 2003-2015. Aearo Technologies Inc.® created the earplugs, and then 3M® purchased the company in 2008, according to their press release.

The dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs fulfilled an immediate need for hearing protection for servicemen and women of the United States military. Tinnitus, hearing loss and other hearing impairments are the most common service-connected disabilities for men and women in the armed forces, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

More than a million veterans received disability compensation for hearing loss in 2017, and almost two million received compensation for tinnitus, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.

Thousands of American soldiers received 3M dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs®, especially those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s.

3M® Agrees to Pay $9.1 Million to Resolve Allegations

The Department of Justice announced today that 3M Company (3M®), headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, has agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2®) to the United States military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device.

“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Department’s Civil Division. “Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”

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Emotional Distress

Medical Bills

Loss of a Loved One

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Do I Have A Case?

If you or a loved one served in the military between 2003-2015 and suffered hearing loss or tinnitus, you deserve justice. Fill out the form above or click the button below to speak with a trusted professional about how much compensation you can expect for your loss.

However, there is a statute of limitations. After enough time passes, even if you suffered hearing loss you will NOT be able to make a claim. That’s why it’s imperative to fill out the form above and speak to a professional right now!

3M® Combat Arms Earplugs Lawsuit: FAQ

Learn more about the 3M® Defective Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit with some of our FAQ’s. If you have Hearing Loss or Tinnitus and served in the military, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Time is limited. Submit your information for a free case review.

3M® produced the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2. During 2003 to 2015, service members who wore the earplugs were exposed to the potential for partial or total hearing loss. According to an investigation and reports from soldiers, the earplugs were too small to maintain a tight fitting inside the soldiers ear, meaning that sounds could bypass the earplugs and put the user at risk for hearing damage such as tinnitus.

The earplugs are intended to significantly reduce the loud impulse sounds of battlefield explosions that can harm the inner ear. However, they still allow the wearer to hear quieter noises such as instructions or an approaching enemy.

Hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the primary symptoms by veterans who served in the military sometime between 2003 and 2015.
Tinnitus (pronounced ti-ni-tis), or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds.
In 2006, the U.S. government entered into a contract with 3M®, in which the company supplied an estimated annual quantity of 15,000 earplug packages, with 50 pairs per package, at a guaranteed price of at least $9 million in sales for the year.
Thousands of veterans are filing lawsuits against 3M® who manufactured and sold defective combat earplugs to the military.

Military members who served from 2003-2015 suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus should talk to us about a free confidential case review.